Three MC academic programs complete successful accreditation reviews

Three academic programs at Marietta College have successfully completed rigorous accreditation reviews by their national accrediting associations within the past three weeks.

While all three will be notified officially several months from now, Provost Sue DeWine said that all three had concluded very successful visits from their national reviewing groups.

“Congratulations to the students and faculty in these programs is in order,” DeWine said. “In all three cases, indications are that these programs will receive national accreditation.”

Marietta’s Department of Education, chaired by Dr. Dorothy J. Erb, has always been accredited by the state of Ohio, but this year the department sought national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

“Many small private schools do not even attempt this since it requires large financial support from the college and enormous time and effort,” DeWine said. “We felt our Department of Education was ready and the site visit confirmed that. The site team will recommend that we have passed all standards required for accreditation.”

The Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology has been accredited since 1984. Six years ago they took the step of being one of the first engineering programs in the country to undergo review under new outcomes-based assessment standards. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology visiting team that just concluded its visit found no deficiencies or weaknesses in the program.

The team was especially impressed with the opportunity MC students have to broaden their background thanks to the strong liberal arts general education requirements and the opportunity to participate in the leadership program. Dr. Robert W. Chase chairs the department.

The Masters-level Physician Assistant Program, which is directed by Dr. Gloria Stewart, started three years ago with provisional accreditation through the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants. The recent site visit was to move to continuing accreditation. At the conclusion of the visit the team had only technical observations to make.

“This program has been highly successful in its first three years of existence. This continuing accreditation confirms that fact,” DeWine said.