2023-2024 Self-Study for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

  • BCCC Campus

MSCHE Standards for Accreditation & Requirements of Affiliation

  • An institution of higher education is a community dedicated to students, to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, to the study and clarification of values, and to the advancement of the society it serves. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), through accreditation, mandates that its member institutions meet rigorous and comprehensive Standards, which are addressed in the context of the mission of each institution and within the culture of ethical practices and institutional integrity expected of accredited institutions. In meeting the quality Standards of MSCHE accreditation, institutions earn accredited status, and this permits them to state with confidence: “Our students are well-served; society is well-served.”

    Download MSCHE's Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.


BCCC's Self-Study Design

  • The Self-Study Design (SSD) is a document developed by the institution to serve as a guide for the Self-Study process. It is a useful document that provides a blueprint for the Self-Study process, including the final Self-Study Report.

    Click here to view BCCC's Self-Study Design.


Outcomes of the Self-Study

  • The College will achieve the outcomes listed below through the process of Self-Study.

    1. Demonstrate how the institution currently meets MSCHE’s Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.
    2. Focus on continuous improvement in the attainment of the institution’s mission and its institutional priorities.
    3. Engage the institutional community in an inclusive and transparent self-appraisal process that actively and deliberately seeks to involve members from all areas of the institutional community.
    4. Demonstrate progress on the Realignment Plan toward achieving key performance indicators, informing the future strategic plan of the College.
    5. Expand the current academic assessment model into a comprehensive institutional assessment model, measuring the College’s effectiveness in achieving its strategic priorities.

    The 2013-2014 MSCHE Self-Study and associated site visit identified areas for improvement at that time, namely Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 6 (Integrity), and Standard 7 (Institutional Effectiveness). In the current MSCHE Standards, these themes primarily align to Standard II Ethics and Integrity, Standard V Educational Effectiveness Assessment, and Standard VI Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement. Given the work to meet compliance, these areas will be a focus for the current Self-Study.

    The timing of the current Self-Study is in alignment with the end of the current Strategic Plan. The work connected to the Self-Study is an extension of the College’s focus on continuous improvement and institutional effectiveness. Outcome #5 recognizes the opportunity for the MSCHE Self-Study to aid the expansion and demonstration of a long-term approach toward ‘closing the loop’ in program and college assessment.


Standards-Based Approach

  • BCCC will utilize the Standard-Based Approach to prepare the Self-Study Report. The organization and preparation of the Self-Study Report, centered around MSCHE’s seven Standards and the four guiding principles, will allow BCCC to best demonstrate the delivery of high-quality educational services following its values and fulfilling its vision and mission. The Standards-Based Approach will assist the College to evaluate its progress in relation to the realignment tasks. In addition, this approach will:

    • Facilitate a comprehensive review of the College’s programs, services, and operations.
    • Realign the College’s plans for continued improvement to be consistent with the new MSCHE Standards.
    • Assign one Standard to each working group, providing clear distinction of duties between the groups.
    • Bring focus to the Standards of particular concern to MSCHE in the past, particularly Standards II, III, VI, and VII, which fall under current Standards II, V, and VI.
    • Facilitate cooperation, transparency, and engagement across the institution to ensure that all Cabinet areas are involved in the Middle States Self-Study process.

Internal Communications

Self-Study Steering Committee

  • The Steering Committee membership, detailed below, includes faculty and staff from across the College’s Cabinet areas.

    Co-Chairs, Steering Committee
    Eileen F. Hawkins, Director, Institutional Research
    Courtney B. Ross, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Co-Chairs, Standard I: Mission and Goals
    Michael Berends, Director, Marketing
    James Dyett, Professor and Program Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant Program

    Co-Chairs, Standard II: Ethics and Integrity
    Charles Hall, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
    Shawnette Shearin, Director of Budget and Contracts

    Co-Chairs, Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
    Ghazanfar Mahmood, Associate Dean of Nursing and Health Professions
    Brian Terrill, Director of E-Learning

    Co-Chairs, Standard IV: Support of the Student Mission
    Anthony McEachern, Associate Dean for Arts and Social Sciences
    Johnnie Owens, Director of Student Success Center

    Co-Chairs, Standard V: Educational Effectiveness
    Nicole Deutsch, Director of Assessment
    Katana Hall, President of Faculty Senate, Chair of Program Review and Evaluation Committee, and Professor of English and Theater

    Co-Chairs, Standard VI: Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement
    Peter Farrell, Deputy Chief Information Officer
    Anna Lansaw, Director of Procurement

    Co-Chairs, Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration
    Eileen Waitsman, Controller
    Patricia Raines, Bursar/Director of Student Accounting

    Self-Study Coordinator Accreditation Liaison Officer
    Becky Burrell, Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning 

    Self-Study Coordinator
    Becky Burrell, Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning 


Self-Study Working Groups

  • Standard I Working Group

    This Working Group’s focus is how the institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, what it intends to accomplish, how its stated goals link to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.

    Co-Chair: Michael Berends, Director, Marketing

    Co-Chair: James Dyett, Professor & Program Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant

    Member: Quintin Davis, Associate Dean, Business and Technology

    Member: Jeffrey Grell, Asst. Professor, Mathematics

    Member: Dorothy Holley, Associate Dean, Nursing

    Member: Afreya Lucas, Assistant Director, EEO and Compliance

    Member: Ja Hon Vance, Professor, English

    Member: Kimberly Woolford, Accounts Clerk I

    Administrative Support: Crystal Lucas, Administrative Assistant, School of Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

    Standard II Working Group

    This Working Group’s focus is how the College, in all its activities, is faithful to its mission, honors its contracts and commitments, adheres to its policies, and represents itself truthfully.

    Co-Chair: Shawnette Shearin, Director, Budgets & Contracts

    Co-Chair: Bryan Miller, Director, Disability Support Services

    Member: Tad Delay, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

    Member: Richard Walsh, Senior Analyst & Budget Coordinator

    Member: Saleem Chaudry, Director, Financial Aid

    Member: Naesea Price, Professor, Developmental English

    Member: Kenneth Hopkins, Manager, Job Placement & Employee Engagement

    Administrative Support: Nisha Thomas, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs

    Standard III Working Group

    This Working Group’s focus is how the institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels and are consistent with higher education expectations.

    Co-Chair: Ghazanfar Mahmood, Associate Dean, Nursing & Health Professions

    Co-Chair: Brian Terrill, Director, E-Learning

    Member: Sherri Anna Brown, AVP - Student Affairs

    Member: Darlene Godwin, Program Coordinator, Early Childhood education

    Member: Fred Paraskevoudakis, Professor, Physical Science

    Member: Alana Hays, English Language Services

    Member: Leslie Jackson, Director, TRIO Student Support Services

    Member: Kevin Johnson, Director, Mayor's Scholars Program

    Member: Scott Saunders, Associate Dean, Mathematics and Engineering

    Member: Patricia Fisher, Contract Technician

    Administrative Support: Lynette Little, Administrative Assistant, School of Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

    Standard IV Working Group

    This Working Group’s focus is how the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings; and how the institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent, effective, and sustainable support system that enhances the quality of the learning environment and educational experience and fosters student success.

    Co-Chair: Anthony McEachearn, Associate Dean, Arts & Social Sciences

    Co-Chair: Donna Thomas, Dean of Enrollment Management

    Member:  Jamie Gillis, Coordinator, E-Learning

    Member: Wendy Harris, Associate Registrar

    Member: Dawna Attig, Director, Client Services

    Member: Charice Hayes, Assistant Professor, Business Administration

    Member: Tamara Payne, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts

    Member: Constance Mannone, Electronic Resources Librarian

    Member: Aundrea Wheeler, AVP Curriculum and Instruction

    Administrative Support: Carol Taylor, Administrative Assistant, Disability Support Services Center 

    Standard V Working Group

    This Working Group’s focus is Educational Effectiveness Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, institutional mission, and appropriate expectations for higher education institutions.

    Co-Chair: Katana Hall, Professor, English & Theater/Faculty Senate President/Chair, Program Review & Evaluation

    Co-Chair: Nicole Deutsch, Director, Assessment

    Member: Chuck Marquette, Director, Workforce Development

    Member: Paul Long, Professor, English; Curriculum & Instruction Committee Chair

    Member: Carole Quine, Professor, Developmental English; Chair of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee

    Member: John Pickett, Professor, English

    Member: Anil Malaki, Associate Dean, Natural and Physical Sciences

    Member: Tiloy Gilyard, Assistant Professor, Respiratory Care

    Member: Rasheedah Evans, Student Success Advisor

    Member: Duane Norwood, Director, Special Programs/Mayor's Scholars Program

    Administrative Support: Theresa Tunstall, Administrative Assistant, School of Arts & Social Sciences

    Standard VI Working Group

    This Working Group’s focus is how the institutional planning processes, resources, and structures align with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.

    Co-Chair: Anna Lansaw, Director, Procurement

    Co-Chair: Peter Farrell, Deputy Chief Information Officer

    Member: Mark Conard, Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences

    Member: Phillip Gatling, Director, Student Live and Engagement

    Member: Kate Zurlage, Assistant Vice President, Facilities

    Member: Bob Iweha, Professor, Anatomy & Physiology

    Member: Sylvia Rochester, Manager, Bookstore / Dean, Enrollment Management

    Member: Charles Wilson, Research Analyst II

    Member: Denise Holland, Program Coordinator, Cybersecurity and Assurance/Associate Professor Cyber Security and Assurance & Chair, Instructional Technology Committee

    Administrative Support: Takiyah Hamilton, Administrative Assistant, Information Technology Services

    Standard VII Working Group

    This Working Group’s focus is how the institution is governed and administered to allow it to realize its stated mission and goals to effectively benefit the institution, its students, and other constituencies.

    Co-Chair: Eileen Waitsman, Controller

    Co-Chair: Pat Raines, Bursar/Director, Student Accounting

    Member: Ishwor Aryal, Director, Enterprise Applications

    Member: Noah Northcott-Grant, Director, English Language Services

    Member: Elizabeth Massanopoli, Graphic Designer

    Member: Natasha Williams, Director, Testing Center

    Member: Petal Sumner, Professor, Mathematics

    Member: Edna Street-Jones, Professor & Program Coordinator, Dental Hygiene

    Member: James Revis, Maintenance Carpenter

    Member: Melissa Baldwin, Assistant Director, Student Accounting 

    Administrative Support: Myra McCullough, Administrative Assistant, School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Communication & Events Committee

    The Communications and Events Committee will lead the organization and dissemination of information to the College and community throughout the Self-Study process. The Committee is also charged with the organization of communication or related events.

    Co-Chair: Michael Berends, Director, Marketing

    Member: Julianna Hawk, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Coordinator, Social Sciences 

    Member: Jason Quick, Sr. Graphic Designer

    Member: Richard Miles, General Manager, WBJC Radio Station