Statement of Accreditation Status

Delaware College of Art and Design

  • CEO: Jean Dahlgren, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Hailey McCracken
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Two-Year: Arts & Design » Two-year, very small
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2003
  • Accreditation Granted: 2008
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2020

Contact Information

600 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 622-8000

www.dcad.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of its self-study report and process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 30, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the change of control within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2014 - 2015.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation and to note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). The next evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2014 - 2015.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the April 1, 2012 monitoring report and to indicate that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. To remind the institution that the period for demonstrating compliance has been extended by nine months, for good cause, because the institution is making a good faith effort to remedy existing deficiencies and a reasonable expectation exists that such deficiencies will be remedied within the period of extension. To continue to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7, including but not limited to (1) implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the overall assessment of institutional effectiveness in achieving mission and institutional goals; and (2) evidence that key outcome measures are used in planning, decision-making, and the allocation of resources (Standard 7). A small team visit will follow submission of the September 1, 2012 monitoring report. The next evaluation visit will be scheduled when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To extend the period for demonstrating compliance by nine months, for good cause, because the institution is making a good faith effort to remedy existing deficiencies and a reasonable expectation exists that such deficiencies will be remedied within the period of extension. To continue to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7, including but not limited to (1) implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the overall assessment of institutional effectiveness in achieving mission and institutional goals; and (2) evidence that key outcome measures are used in planning, decision-making, and the allocation of resources (Standard 7). A small team visit will follow submission of the September 1, 2012 monitoring report. In addition, in lieu of the monitoring report due January 1, 2012, to request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2012, documenting (3) additional direct evidence of the assessment of measurable and clearly articulated student learning outcomes for all programs, including general education, that are appropriate to the two-year educational mission of the institution; and (4) documented evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning and to achieve the institution's mission and goals (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the April 1, 2012 monitoring report. The next evaluation visit will be scheduled when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To continue to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2011, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7, including but not limited to (1) implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the overall assessment of institutional effectiveness in achieving mission and institutional goals; and (2) evidence that key outcome measures are used in planning, decision-making, and the allocation of resources (Standard 7). A small team visit will follow submission of this monitoring report. In addition, to request a second monitoring report, due January 1, 2012, providing (3) additional direct evidence of the assessment of measurable and clearly articulated student learning outcomes for all programs, including general education, that are appropriate to the two-year educational mission of the institution; and (4) documented evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the second monitoring report. The next evaluation visit will be scheduled when warning is removed and accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent

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