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The Academic and Administrative Program Prioritization Initiative

In order to maintain and elevate our status as a premier academic institution, it is essential that the programs offered at Howard University are of the highest academic quality, and provide contemporary and exceptional educational experiences to our students. As we prepare for the University-wide accreditation process in 2019-2020, it is critical that the University undertake a comprehensive academic and administrative review process to position the University to remain relevant and positioned for a successful future.


The University has begun preparation for our Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 2019 - 2020 self-study and accreditation site visit. MSCHE has adopted revised standards for accreditation for affiliated institutions, and will transition, after 2019, from requiring a decennial accreditation self-study process to an 8-year process that includes Annual Institutional Updates. Universities must now demonstrate engagement in continuous institutional improvement. We are expected to emphasize continuous program review, documentation of student achievement, and financial sustainability .


To that end, the Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer has formed the Academic and Administrative Program Prioritization Task Force to compile evidence to:
  1. strengthen the university’s overall academic program portfolio,
  2. facilitate utilization of best practices in the development of new program offerings, and
  3. ensure effective alignment of resources with University initiatives.

The task force consists of faculty, students and staff. Faculty and staff were nominated by their deans, the Faculty Senate, or their supervisors. Students were nominated by the presidents of HUSA or the Graduate Student Council. It is anticipated that the analysis of the data emerging from the Academic and Administrative Program Prioritization process will:
  1. help ascertain institutional strengths as well as weaknesses;
  2. enable evidence-based decisions related to program development, continuation, or discontinuance; and
  3. support strategic planning.

Additional information will be provided to our constituents over the coming months.

[1]The University has conducted an institution-wide self-study every 10 years since its original accreditation was granted by Middle States in 1921. From 2008-2011, in addition to the 2009 self-study, the University conducted an extensive review of its academic programs and services through the Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR). At the conclusion of PCAR, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution that resulted in the launching of new programs and academic renewal initiatives and the discontinuance or reconfiguration a number of academic programs. See summary of PCAR outcomes.
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