UDC Self-Study Team

The Self-Study process’s organizational structure conforms to the requirements of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). It comprises Tri-Chairs, the Self-Study Steering Committee, and Working Groups.


The Self-Study Tri-Chairs, appointed by the president, are responsible for coordinating and monitoring the activities of the Steering Committee and supervising the production of a Self-Study that will reflect the University’s commitment to fulfilling its mission and documenting compliance with the Middle States Standards of Accreditation, Requirements of Affiliation, and all applicable federal rules and regulations. The Tri-Chairs schedule and lead joint meetings of the Steering Committee and Working Groups; in addition, they meet with individual Standard leaders to track progress on individual portions of the Self-Study. Each of the Tri-Chairs is also a member of a Standard Team that aligns with their expertise.

Ludwig Nitsche, Ph.D., Associate Dean, SEAS
Ms. Raysa Leer, MBA, Associate Vice President of Financial Affairs
Scott T. Krawczyk, Ph.D., Associate Chief Academic Officer and Professor of English

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee team members are responsible for approving the Self-Study Design and its timeline, in addition to overseeing the Working Groups. Their role includes providing guidance and ensuring adherence to standards in areas aligning with their expertise. This responsibility entails reviewing drafts from the Working Groups, identifying strengths, pinpointing areas for improvement, and assisting in compiling the final Self-Study report. Furthermore, they are also responsible for communicating any concerns to the Tri-Chairs and recruiting additional members as needed to ensure all roles are effectively filled.

Working Groups

Working Groups are pivotal in preparing the Self-Study Report and evidence inventory for UDC’s accreditation review. They are responsible for conducting a comprehensive review of the University’s programs, policies, and practices in accordance with MSCHE Standards and Requirements, engaging in detailed analysis, evidence collection, and critical reflection while upholding integrity throughout the process. Working Group Chairs/Co-Chairs are also members of the Steering Committee.

The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267.284.5011). 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.

MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status (PDF)

Middle States Accreditation Visit