Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs oversees all academic programs and all academic support programs at D&E.

Graduating Student

We are committed to realizing the College’s mission to prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world. To this end, we combine D&E’s historical commitment to academic rigor and breadth of learning with a contemporary commitment to engaged, student-centered learning.

The Davis & Elkins curriculum is structured to communicate clear developmental expectations for students. Although we recognize that student aptitudes vary widely, we also recognize that—over the course of their college careers—all students are able to strengthen key skills—such as written communication, oral communication, and information literacy—that will prepare them for success after graduation.

D&E’s commitment to student success is also evident in our academic support services. These include The Naylor Learning Center, the College Writing Center, and the Office of Career Services & Student Employment. You can rely on these offices for day-to-day assistance and preparation for your future.

The Academic Affairs Office also offers information and assistance with study abroad programs. Learn more about the ways to study abroad with D&E!

Accreditation & Assessment

Accreditations and Affiliations

Davis & Elkins College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The headquarters of the HLC is located at 230 South LaSalle Suite 7-500 Chicago 60604. The toll free number is 800-621-7440.

Davis & Elkins College is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Council on Education, the Appalachian College Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the College Board, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Mountain East Conference, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division II), National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities.

Davis & Elkins College holds full approval from the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) as an Education Preparation Provider (EPP). Additionally, the College’s Educator Program (Teacher Education) is a candidate for national accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Graduates of Davis & Elkins College Teacher Education Programs with licensure may submit their West Virginia teaching certificate to other states, many of whom have reciprocity with West Virginia, for licensure review in that state.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Council of Associate Degree Programs. The program is also accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

The Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program is provisionally approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

The Davis & Elkins College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree completion program, delivered via distance education, is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

Davis & Elkins College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Davis & Elkins College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, U.S.A. Click here for a listing of programs accredited by the IACBE. Click here to view Public Disclosure of Student Achievement 2018-19.


Assessment is an important part of accreditation standards and processes. Davis & Elkins College is committed to providing a quality educational experience for students while they are here, and a valuable degree once they graduate. Assessment is one means by which we ensure that these things happen. It tells us whether or not a Davis & Elkins College education is serving student needs and making a difference in students’ lives; in the process, it helps us to evaluate the effectiveness of our academic programs, learning methods and services.

Effective assessment processes and procedures will assist the college in accomplishing three very important goals:

  • Ensure we are doing what we say we are doing
  • Help us identify those areas that need improvement
  • Allow the College to showcase those areas in which we excel

Assessment done well is hard work. It involves collecting, reviewing, and using information to determine program effectiveness and to improve student growth and learning. In the long run, it also enhances the value of a Davis & Elkins College education.

Student Involvement in Assessment
There are specific assessment activities that occur at various times on campus. Some of these will relate to a student’s major field of study while others will focus on the skills and behaviors learned in the general education courses.

Assessment Day
Assessment day will take place on the same day as Advising Day both in the Fall and Spring semesters. For graduating students (and perhaps for continuing students) the day will be set aside for the completion of various assessment activities.

The Davis & Elkins College Self Study 2010

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