Institutional Effectiveness & Certification manages and coordinates accreditation, certification, and licensure compliance, and we manage program assessments.


The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Shared Governance

Shared governance is the attempt to balance maximum participation in decision-making with clear accountability. A key component of shared governance is broad and unending communication.

The University maintains a list of governance bodies and committees that vary in their function, mission, membership, and representative term length.

Programmatic accreditation

Particular programs offered by Gallaudet have met the standards and requirements of programmatic accrediting organizations

Additionally, the University's teacher preparation programs are recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP reviews the educator preparation programs as a unit; this includes the Department of Education Teacher Preparation programs, as well as School Psychology, School Social Work and School Counseling programs, which also prepare educators and/or school personnel. The University refers to these entities collectively as the Professional Education Programs.

Specialized program associations (SPAs) also review programs against their established programmatic standards. SPA reviews are included in the NCATE review process.


The University community recognizes the need to adopt assessment process that advances evidence-based decisions about teaching, learning, bilingualism, diversity, campus life, academic support, and student development. This process employs data-driven decision-making to continuously increase student achievement and institutional effectiveness.

Consumer information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs disclose information from various administrative areas to students. The consumer information required to be disclosed by this act includes information on costs, enrollment, accreditation, educational offerings, financial aid, safety, and student outcome information.

IE&C Staff

Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi
Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Certification

Rosanne Bangura
Assessment and State Authorization Coordinator

Kristina Willicheva
Assessment Coordinator

Tana Fletcher
Data Management & Accreditation Specialist

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