The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has reaffirmed accreditation for Davis & Elkins College following comprehensive virtual and onsite reviews earlier this year. The status will continue for the next 10 years with a reaffirmation of accreditation scheduled for 2030-2031.
HLC is a regional accreditor, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, whose authority extends over colleges and universities in 19 states from West Virginia to Wyoming.
“Once every 10 years, our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, thoroughly reviews all aspects of the educational experience provided to students,” Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood said. “This peer evaluation ensures that the College is delivering upon the promises we make. The reaccreditation we have received is an affirmation of the high-quality education that awaits every student at Davis & Elkins College. That high quality has been a hallmark of this College for decades and continues to be.”
Institutional accreditation validates the quality of an institution and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances and resources. Institutional accreditation encompasses the institution as a whole, including all academic programs, all degree levels and both onsite and online course delivery.
“To prepare for and welcome the accreditation team, campus took the combined efforts of many faculty, staff and Board members,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rob Phillips. “Everyone’s work allowed the visit to go smoothly and provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate how Davis & Elkins ‘prepare(s) and inspire(s) students for success and thoughtful engagement in the world.’”