News Release


July 12, 2011  

Charles Drew University Continues Accreditation

Accrediting Commission Finds Improvement at CDU

LOS ANGELES - The accrediting commission that monitors Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science removed the university from probation after a rigorous review.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six regional accrediting commissions for four-year colleges and universities and graduate schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, based its decision on 24 months of scrutiny. The commission during that period placed the institution on probation until thoroughly examining the university’s governance, financial, academic, and quality control systems.

Based on Drew’s documented evidence—not simply written plans or promises—the commission decided to remove the university from probationary status.  Charles Drew has maintained its accreditation throughout this process. M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., the university’s board chairman since last September, welcomed the news. The university, he said, has taken a giant leap forward.

“This is the new Drew,” he said. ”As our momentum builds, we continue to produce outstanding graduates and provide strong academics. I hope people will judge us not on the past, but from this day forward.”  

The WASC decision reflected improvements made at the university, particularly over the past 10 months. Those included: completing a strategic plan for growth; receiving $10 million in funding from the University of California; opening a new $43 million nursing school; creating a new governing and advisory board.  

Charles Drew University is a private, non-profit medical and health sciences institution created in 1966. Bound by its mission, the university excels in research, particularly on health disparities, and produces medical professionals who serve underserved communities in Los Angeles and beyond with excellence and compassion.

“This decision means our critical work in Los Angeles and elsewhere continues,” said David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D., who became the university’s sixth president earlier this month. “We are very pleased to have satisfied the accreditation standards of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This review will further motivate the university to ensure that it remains a great place for people to work and learn. We will continue to work to strengthen Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.”



For more information, please contact:

Daryl Strickland
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924
Office : (323) 563-4983


Brandon Hersh
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About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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