Accreditation is a process by which an institution of higher learning voluntarily agrees to meet the standards set by an accrediting organization that is made up of peer institutions. Accreditation is a way for educational institutions to monitor each other’s performance and, in effect, amounts to a seal of approval. Each educational institution must go through a periodic review to establish that it continues to meet the accreditation standards. These reviews take place every 8 years, with a mid-point review (MPR) and Annual Institutional Update (AIU) reports to measure progress toward goals.
The College is currently engaged in a self-study process towards its 2021 re-accreditation review. This self-study, "demonstrates an institution’s commitment to continuous improvement and is used to strengthen and sustain the institution. In addition, institutions should be prepared to engage in a careful analysis of institutional priorities that it has selected in the interest of identifying mission-related areas of improvement, responding effectively to challenges, and identifying and adopting innovative practices to more readily achieve institutional mission, adapt to changes in the higher education sector, and to best serve students and society."
Comprehensive Competency-Based Education
Delaware County Community College’s competency-based degree and certificate programs have been designed to offer graduates the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform competently in their area of study.
Our degree programs include three types of competencies - College Academic Learning Goals, Program Outcomes, and Course Competencies. By successfully completing one of our degree programs, graduates will have had an opportunity to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities in each of the nine College Academic Learning Goals and the specific learning outcomes relevant to their degree. The nine College Academic Learning Goals provide the foundation for our graduates to become life-long learners, productive employees, and to actively engage and serve their communities.
Please refer to our College Academic Learning Goals to learn more about the learning outcomes taught in every degree program.