Academics Information

Academic Information

Academic Programs, Instructional Facilities and Faculty

Information regarding the College’s various educational programs can be found here. Information regarding the College’s instructional facilities can be found here. Information regarding the College’s faculty can be found here.

Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institution and Programs

Davis & Elkins College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). The College’s accreditation through 2020-21 was reaffirmed by the HLC Mid-cycle Review Team (view the report) following its September on-campus visit.

The associate degree nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The program is also accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Davis & Elkins College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) 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.

Title IV HEA programs

In response to Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) issued by the US Department of Education, Davis & Elkins College is currently determining the states in which our curriculum meets the standard for professional licensure and certification.  Updates will be provided as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Huixin Wu, Chair of the Division of Nursing and the Director of the Bachelor’s Nursing Programs, at (304) 637-1375 or or Melissa McCoy, Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, at (304) 637-1207 or

Davis & Elkins College is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). The College will work to resolve any complaints arising from its students in SARA states with the WVHEPC (West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission) and agrees to abide by the decisions of the WVHEPC regarding the resolution of such complaints. The WVHEPC serves as the SARA portal entity and a link to its complaint process can be found here.

The theater program at 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.

Davis & Elkins College is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).


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 Great Midwest Athletic 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.

Transfer of Credit Policy/Articulation Agreements and Transfer Credit Evaluation Criteria and Guidelines

Information regarding the transfer of credit as it pertains to students entering D&E as transfer students can be found in the College Catalog here. Information regarding the transfer of credit for students currently matriculated at D&E can be found in the College Catalog here. Information regarding transfer credit evaluation criteria and guidelines can be found in the College Catalog here.

Student Outcomes

Retention Rates

The table below presents the first-to-second-year retention rate for each incoming class of first-time/first-year students.

Year Incoming Returning Retention %
2015 to 2016 213 134 62.91%
2016 to 2017 221 150 67.87%
2017 to 2018 236 148 62.71%
2018 to 2019 196 125 63.78%
2019 to 2020 213 144 67.61%

Graduation Rates

  Bachelor’s Degree Rate Associate’s Degree Rate
2014-2015 (2009 cohort for BA/BS) 41.5% 23%
2015-2016 (2010 cohort for BA/BS) 43.4% 23.1%
2016-2017 (2011 cohort for BA/BS) 47% 12.9%

Pell Grant Recipient Graduation Rates

Total Pell Grant Recipients for Fall 2013 Incoming Students 107
Pell Grant Recipients in 2013 Cohort 74
Pell Grant Recipients in 2013 Cohort who Graduated* 25
Graduation Rate of 2013 Cohort Pell Grant Recipients* 34%
Total Pell Grant Recipients of 2013 Incoming Students who Graduated** 31
Graduation Rate for all 2013 Incoming Student Pell Grant Recipients** 29%

* First-time, full-time students who began their studies in Fall 2013 and received a degree or award within 150 percent of “Normal Time” to completion for their program. Using IPEDS definitions.
**Graduation rate for all Fall 2013 Pell Grant recipients. Using IPEDS definitions.

Intercollegiate Athletics Graduation Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid

Davis & Elkins annually calculates the graduation rate for new, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates receiving athletically related student aid. The student-athlete graduation rate, calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires), is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on institutional aid (whether athletics-based aid or otherwise) and graduated from that institution within six years. This federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate. The rates are available

Post Graduate Survey (Placement in Employment, Job Placement, and Graduate and Professional Education)

Davis & Elkins College periodically surveys graduates and works with partners to determine the types of employment of our graduates.

RN Licensure Pass Rates

Year NCLEX-RN Pass Rate National Mean
2010 92.59% 87.42%
2011 89.47% 87.90%
2012 85.71% 90.34%
2013 86.96% 83.04%
2014 71.79% 81.79%
2015 85.71% 86.75%
2016 72.14% 84.56%
2017 100% 87.11%
2018 100% 88.89%
2019 100% 88.18%

Division of Nursing’s Program Completion Rates

The program goal is for 70 percent of the students who enter the program and begin nursing courses to graduate within three years.

Year Program Completion Rate
2013 72%
2014 95%
2015 73%
2016 70%
2017 77%
2018 80%
2019 77%

Division of Nursing’s Program Job Placement Rate

The program goal is that all graduates will be employed in health care within six months following graduation.

Year Program Completion Rate
2011 90% employed
2012 100% employed
2013 100% employed
2014 100% employed
2015 88% employed
2016 100% employed
2017 100% employed
2018 100% employed
2019 100% employed

Teacher Preparation Program Report

The Davis & Elkins College Teacher Preparation Program Report is available here.

Covid-19 update

D&E’s primary goal in our response to COVID-19 is the health of that community as we continue this institution’s mission of high standards of education, and to prepare and inspire students for success and thoughtful engagement in the world. Read more in our Guide for Returning to Campus.

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