From Harford Community College:
Harford Community College is pleased to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed the accreditation of the College. This is a significant accomplishment as heightened calls for accountability have resulted in MSCHE, in concert with the five other regional accreditors in the U.S., more closely examining accreditation standards related to student learning, resource allocation, and institutional outcomes such as graduation rates and retention.
“The resulting reaffirmation of HCC’s accreditation, with a commendation from MSCHE on the quality of the self-study process, confirms that the College is a sound institution focused on student achievement,” stated Dr. Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College. “It also shows that we are able to engage in self-reflection and evaluation in order to improve.” According to Dr. Golladay, the feedback from Middle States was excellent news as HCC received the best possible outcome for the College from the entire self-study/accreditation process.
The accreditation process conducted by the Middle States Commission involves a 10-year cycle of review that includes a Self-Study Report prepared by the institution under review as well as an on-site evaluation visit by a Commission team. A Periodic Review Report prepared by the institution follows five years later.
More than 100 HCC faculty, staff, and students participated in an in-depth review of all College programs, services, finances, and processes that took nearly two years and resulted in a 200-page comprehensive Self-Study Report. Upon completion of Harford’s Self-Study Report, Dr. Margaret McMenamin, President of Union County College in New Jersey, led a trained team of peer reviewers from sister institutions in New York and New Jersey on a campus visit that included three days of intense meetings, discussion, and document review.
Other than the standard five-year Periodic Review Report due on June 1, 2017, Harford Community College has no requirements for further action related to its recent accreditation. The College is in a select group as only approximately 20% of the MSCHE institutions most recently reaffirmed through the self-study process had no follow-up reporting requirements. Dr. Golladay said, “We are very fortunate to have the benefit of the Self-Study Committee’s efforts in documenting the College’s advances in fulfilling its mission and the high expectations the community has for us.”
According to Valerie Swain and Lisa Tittle, co-chairs of the Self-Study Committee, the Self-Study Report was written to address the 14 accreditation standards required by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) but also focused on the College’s own strategic plan in anticipation of a renewed strategic planning process that began this year.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits only degree-granting institutions, including colleges, universities, military academies, and religious seminaries located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other locations abroad. It is located at 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104.