What is Accreditation?
Accreditation approves institutions of higher education and academic programs offerings. This process involves the institution adopting and adhering to a collection of evaluation standards, set forth by an accreditation agency in the United States. Accreditation by these bodies ensures the higher learning institution meets specific requirements. Once granted, the institution receives full accreditation and this designation is widely recognized, by organizations such as the Federal Department of Education.
Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is a fully accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), as well as many of its academic programs have received accreditation by various discipline agencies or organizations.
BCCC is currently in the Self-Study reporting phase, required by MSCHE every 10 years. The 10-year cycle involves an onsite evaluation and a Periodic Review report. It means institutions granted initial accreditation following a self-study and onsite evaluation will conduct a second self-study for onsite evaluation in the fifth year following the granting of accreditation.
What does the Accreditation Process Involve?
Twelve out of 27 degree programs further assess student learning outcomes (SLO) according to the respective accrediting body. These programs complete the external accreditation process in addition to BCCC’s SLO assessment and the College’s Program Review and Evaluation processes. The student pass rate and the three-year graduation rate also influence program- and course-level decisions.