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Duke University Accreditation Process
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Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and
professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866
Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for
questions about the accreditation of Duke University.
Reaffirmation of accreditation occurs every ten years. The process has two
components: a Compliance Certification (demonstration of compliance with
88 core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal regulations)
and a Quality Enhancement Plan (self-study on a topic pertaining to the
enhancement of student learning). General information on these
components and the overall process may be found in the SACS Handbook
for Reaffirmation of Accreditation. Duke-specific details on committees
and process are available in this presentation from January 2007, when
the process was rolled out to various Duke constituencies.
A leadership team headed by President Richard Brodhead has overall
responsibility for oversight of the reaffirmation process and products.
For more than 1.5 years, from February 2007 through early September
2008, two teams from around the University worked collaboratively to
develop Duke’s University’s compliance certification report: primary
responsibility rested with the Compliance Certification Team; an
Assessment Working Group assisted with the assessment components of
the report. On September 8, 2008, Duke submitted its report to the ten
external reviewers from around the region, as well as to SACS: a Web
site with 3,000 links; a DVD; and a print version. The external reviewers
asked for more information in several areas and Duke provided it in a
"focused report" in early February 2009.
A second team of reviewers is coming to campus from March 22-25,
2009, to discuss the Quality Enhancement Plan as well as the focused
Duke’s QEP is entitled “Global Duke: Enhancing Students’ Capacity for
World Citizenship.” The three components of the QEP are:
1) Winter Forum: a 2.5-day symposium before the start of spring
semester, examining a global challenge in interdisciplinary and
international perspective;
2) Global Semester Abroad: a study abroad program examining a
global issue in comparative perspective in two different locations;
3) Global Advising Program: a cadre of specially trained advisors to
assist students in making more intentional use of the many
opportunities available for addressing global challenges and building
intercultural competencies.
The QEP submitted in February 2009 may be found here; it includes the
history of Duke's development of the QEP, a literature review, supporting
documents, and other features required by SACS. Some QEP documents
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