Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19104 (267-284-5000). Candidate for Accreditation status was granted to the DMGS on November 17, 2016.
Candidate for Accreditation is a status of affiliation with a regional accrediting commission which indicates that an institution has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation. It has provided evidence of sound planning, appears to have the resources to implement the plans, and appears to have the potential for reaching its goals within a reasonable time.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Completion and Graduation Rate Information
The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a new not-for-profit graduate school commencing its first academic year 2015-2016. The Master of Arts degree requires thirty (30) semester credit hours.
Since it’s foundation, DMGS has had a total of 14 graduates. Our school celebrated its first MA graduate at the conclusion of the 2017 Fall Semester. On May 20, 2018, our first commencement ceremony was held and seven (7) MA degrees were conferred.
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DMGS Contact and Credit Hours
A contact hour is a measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students.
A semester credit hour is normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 50-minute session (contact hour) of classroom instruction per week for a semester of not less than fifteen weeks. This basic measure may be adjusted proportionately to reflect modified academic calendars and formats of study.
One credit hour should involve an input of approximately three hours per week for the average student (e.g. one hour of class and two hours of out-of-class preparation). Typically, a three semester credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions. This definition applies to all delivery formats.
The 2018-2019 Academic Catalog defines the term Credit Hour as the following:
“DMGS defines a credit hour on the basis of the Carnegie unit. A Carnegie unit is defined as one hour of classroom instruction and two hours of assignments outside the classroom, for a period of 15 weeks for each unit (credit).” (Printed Catalog. p. 18)
Verification of Class Contact Hours
DMGS has a standard process to verify length of academic period and compliance with credit hour requirements through course scheduling. DMGS classes meet one day per week for fifteen weeks for a minimum of 150 minutes (three fifty-minute sessions).
- The Registrar is responsible for developing future academic year calendars.
By identifying the first day of classes for a semester, the Registrar counts fifteen (weeks) scheduling fourteen weeks of class and a fifteenth week of final examinations. Holidays are identified with alternative meeting days identified so that all classes require fifteen weeks of instruction resulting in forty-five contact hours for the semester. For example, during the 2019 Spring Semester, the following entries are identified in the Policy on Academic Calendar, 2018-2019 Academic Catalog. (Printed Catalog. p. 7)
January 14 Spring Semester Begins – First week of classes
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday – DMGS Closed
January 25 Monday classes (MLK Holiday) will meet on January 25.
2. The proposed academic year calendar is submitted to the Academic Affairs Council (AAC) for approval.
3. Upon approval of the AAC, the academic year calendar is reviewed and approved by the Senior Executive Council (SEC) and presented to the President and CEO for final approval.
- The Academic Year Calendar is then published in the academic catalog and placed on the DMGS website.
Students with concerns should contact the Director of Student Services to review the situation and review options. Also, below is information about how students can have a complaint reviewed within DMGS:
Full information is available in the Student Handbook on pages 21-27.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
STUDENT REPORTING PROCEDURES
ROLE OF DMGS DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES
ACCESS TO THE CAMPUS
DMGS ACCESS CARD
DMGS WEAPONS POLICY
Students may file a complaint with Daniel Morgan Graduate School’s licensing authority which is the Higher Education Licensure Commission. https://osse.dc.gov/service/higher-education-licensure-commission-helc-public-complaints
“With regard to accreditation, students or others may file a complaint with Daniel Morgan Graduate School’s regional accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). https://www.msche.org/complaints/”