At its June 2021 meeting, the Commission considered institutional responses it received during a comment period of March 1, 2021 – May 1, 2021 on proposed revisions to Standard III.H. 3. The Commission voted to adopt these changes, effective July 16, 2021, as follows: 

Standard III Program Outcomes, Curricula, and Materials

H. 3. First Professional and Doctoral Degrees

The institution assesses student achievement through multiple means of evaluation that includes a doctoral dissertation or final research project as well as other forms of assessments such as qualifying examinations, comprehensive examinations, or other assessments that demonstrate student mastery of the stated program learning outcomes. The institution requires students to successfully complete all coursework and a doctoral dissertation or final research project to graduate from the program.

We welcome you to contact the DEAC staff with any questions regarding these changes.