Dillard Notables of 2019: #3 Third-Party Validations

All colleges use phrases such as “We have a top…” “Our ____ is one of the best.” “We have a highly ranked…” Sounds like DJ Khaled works for all our marketing departments.

But many times we throw out these terms without any validation. We understand third-party validation in higher education through the accreditation process, where a team of peers reviews the institution or a program and determines if it meets a set of standards.

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For example, in 2019 the Dillard University College of Business received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP was founded in 1988 and is a global accrediting body for business schools. According to the ACBSP website, “national or regional business school accreditation assures students that an institution of higher learning adheres to high-quality standards based on the latest research and professional practice.” This is the first time in our history that we have applied for and achieved this accreditation.

While this was our biggest third-party validation in 2019, there were others for the work we do collectively at Dillard. Here are some examples.

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I have never been a big fan of US News rankings because the formula is tilted heavily toward wealth schools that enroll few low income, part time, and students of color. I do think Washington Monthly is a fairer measurement. Dillard is classified as a national liberal arts university. We rank #73 out of 213, so the top third of schools. BUT we’re the highest ranked national liberal arts HBCU, ahead of some really strong peers (Spelman, Tougaloo, Fisk, and Morehouse).

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In recent years researchers have started to ask questions about mobility. What are the chances a student who attends a certain school years later moves up in their socioeconomic status? In every study I have seen Dillard University has fared extremely well.

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In the study by the Rutgers Center for MSIs, Dillard was 5th for HBCUs in the percentage of low-income students who reached the middle class.

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The Council of Independent Colleges studied the contributions of small colleges in producing underrepresented students in STEM in terms of doctorates. Dillard ranked #2 in producing black bachelors degree recipients who went on to receive biological science doctorates for all institutions between 2007 and 2016, more than most flagships and large research institutions. We ranked #22 for life science doctorates.

The CIC study is backed up by a new book called “Making Black Scientists,” which “provides specific examples of 10 historically Black colleges and universities that are moving the needle when it comes to training and preparing Black students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, known as the STEM fields.” Dillard is one of the 10 profiled.

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The School of Public Health received a Health Leadership Award from The Advisory Board along with the Trustees of Arizonans Concerned About Smoking (ACAS), along with the Arizona NAACP and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Officers Association (COA) members at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC).

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Dillard University, along with Spelman College and Texas Southern were honored by KIPP this summer with the Beyond Z Award for our commitment to KIPP students on our campuses.

2019 was a great year for us, and a number of third parties agree!

The Prez

Written by

7th president of Dillard University

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