2023-2024 Self-Study for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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.
Outcomes of the Self-Study
The College will achieve the outcomes listed below through the process of Self-Study.
- Demonstrate how the institution currently meets MSCHE’s Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.
- Focus on continuous improvement in the attainment of the institution’s mission and its institutional priorities.
- 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.
- Demonstrate progress on the Realignment Plan toward achieving key performance indicators, informing the future strategic plan of the College.
- 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.
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.
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
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