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Accreditation & Academic Compliance

The purpose of academic compliance is to ensure that quality standards are met and maintained by institutions providing education and granting degrees. To ensure compliance universities create governing bodies and standards as well as obtain external accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process. It serves four main purposes: (1) assure quality to the public, (2) ease student transfer between institutions by signaling quality, (3) provide institutions with access to federal financial aid, and (4) certify a graduate’s credentials to employers. An “accredited” university meets the standards for accreditation established by an accrediting agency. The standards ensure that an institution has appropriate and clear goals, sufficient resources to achieve them, is fulfilling its objectives, and will continue to do so. The process provides colleges and universities with an opportunity for reflection, honest assessment of strengths and weaknesses, along with a chance to develop strategies for continued improvement.

University of Detroit Mercy and many of its individual programs participate regularly in rigorous internal and external review processes for the purpose of maintaining accreditation. Outcomes from those standards are then provided to the institution’s students through transparency requirements.  

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    Accreditation

    Institutional Accreditation

    Institution-wide accreditation is governed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that oversees more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states. All HLC member institutions are required to undergo a full accreditation review every 10 years. Please see our Statement of Academic Standing SAS on the HLC website for information regarding our current status. 

    For more information about the accreditation status of Detroit Mercy contact:

    Higher Learning Commission
    30 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
    Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
    https://hlcommission.org/ 

    Please contact the HLC only in relation to the University’s compliance with accreditation requirements. Normal inquiries about admission requirements, educational programs, and financial aid should be directed to the University.

    Academic Program Accreditation

    In addition to the University's institutional accreditation, a large number of academic programs are accredited.  Accredited academic programs consist of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs across the University.  For the most recent, complete list of accredited academic programs and accreditation status, please see the Office of Academic Affairs website. Below is a list of accrediting agencies that accredited one or more of our academic programs. 

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    Student Consumer Information

    The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is a federal law enacted on August 14, 2008. It reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended HEA requires higher education institutions to report and disclose information from various administrative areas and make its information readily available to interested parties via this website.

    This information can be found on the Detroit Mercy Consumer Information website. If you have questions, please contact the department responsible for the information

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    Additional Information

    Academic Affairs

    The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for the leadership and management of academic programs and a number of related academic support services at Detroit Mercy. This office supports the campus infrastructure and operations and provides support for teaching and learning. Many committees have been created by the Office of Academic Affairs to support the University's goals while remaining in compliance with all accrediting bodies. See here for more on Academic Affairs.

    Title IX Compliance

    The Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act and the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2012 (VAWA) prohibited conduct includes discrimination on the basis of gender (sex), sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Our Title IX coordinator is responsible for managing all responsibilities associated with the University's compliance obligations. For more information, see the Title IX website.

    Office for Sponsored Programs and Research Activities (OSPRA)

    The OSPRA is a unit within the Office of Academic Affairs created to support research and other scholarly activities of faculty, students, and staff. The OSPRA website contains important information concerning opportunities for funding, useful information for applying for funding, and policies and procedures that support research and grant activity at UDM. For more information, please visit the OSPRA website.

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