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Dear members of the DU community,

We are writing today to announce the achievement of a major milestone in the University of Denver’s accreditation status, and to thank the many individuals who contributed to this significant effort.

Last month, at the close of DU’s 10-year review cycle, our accrediting body—the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)—reaffirmed that the University of Denver continues to meet its Criteria for Accreditation, a distinction we have proudly held since our initial review in 1914. The rigorous process of self-study, combined with external review by peer schools and members of the HLC, certifies the quality of our educational programs across a set of five criteria: (1) Mission; (2) Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct; (3) Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support; (4) Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement; and (5) Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness. More detail about the criteria and DU’s process can be found here.

For the scores of people on our campus who participated, the self-study process is an arduous yet rewarding one. Relying on data available through our websites, policies, reports and other resources, we examined the ways DU is meeting the HLC’s Criteria. We also were able to see the many ways we, as a community, express our commitment to our values and strengths, and the progress we are making toward our greatest aspirations. The process resulted in pride in the institution, in the collective work we do, and in all of the faculty, staff, and students who contribute on a daily basis. The peer-review process is important, because it prompts us to become even more intentional and transparent in our promises and practices. We acknowledge where we have succeeded, and where we can improve.

Special thanks are due to vice provost for academic affairs, Jennifer Karas, who led the long-term planning process and the on-site visit. Because accreditation is an enormous community effort, we also wish to thank the dozens of faculty and staff who served on our six accreditation committees. Participants’ names are listed under each committee here. We also offer our thanks to the many other stakeholders—faculty, staff, and students—who collected materials, met with reviewers, and whose excellent contributions ensured our reaccreditation success.

Thank you to all who participated, and very best regards,

Jeremy Haefner

Mary Clark
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor