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Jefferson Accreditation is Reaffirmed by Middle States Commission

Jefferson Community College is pleased to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 acted to reaffirm the accreditation of Jefferson Community College on June 25, 2015.  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.   

In April, a 7-member evaluation team representing the Middle States Commission of Higher Education visited Jefferson and spent three days interviewing College administration, faculty, staff and students, and evaluating College programs and policies.

Prior to the Middle States visit, the College was required to conduct a comprehensive self-study, the results of which were compiled into a 100-page document and used as the basis for the evaluation team to conduct its review of the College.  A Middle States Steering Committee, appointed by Jefferson president Carole A. McCoy, was convened in December 2012.  Over the course of the next two years, with the involvement of twelve working groups and the contributions of faculty, staff and students across campus, the self-study was completed and approved by the College’s Board of Trustees in February 2015.

During the April 2015 visit, Jefferson Community College was commended by the evaluation team for its comprehensive and well-prepared self-study report.  The evaluation team concluded, and the Middles States Commission on Higher Education concurred, that the College continues to meet all fourteen eligibility requirements as described in the Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education.  The fourteen standards to which Jefferson must comply relate to the following:  Mission, Goals and Objectives; Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal;  Institutional Resources; Leadership & Governance; Administration; Integrity; Institutional Assessment; Student Support Services; Faculty; Educational Offerings; General Education; Related Educational Activities; and Assessment of Student Learning.

In its report, the evaluation team recognized numerous significant accomplishments of Jefferson Community College beginning with campus-wide collaboration in developing the mission, vision and strategic goals which identified student success, completion and enhancement of educational opportunities as primary objectives.  Specifically, the evaluation team commended the College for fostering a positive and collegial environment throughout campus, the quality and implementation of the Facilities Master Plan including the realization of substantial energy savings, the establishment of the Collaborative Learning Center and increased student services, the development of on-campus housing and ability to recruit students from new markets, efforts to advance the community by developing academic degree programs of local interest (such as agri-business) and workforce development initiatives, such as allied health certifications, through the College’s Continuing Education Division, and for the Center for Community Studies which provides students with applied learning experiences.  In particular, Jefferson was commended for the variety of assessment activities campus-wide including efforts to assess student development, student satisfaction and student services. Jefferson was further commended for its ability to meet the needs of the military, family members and veterans.

“Simply put, we could not have asked for a better report from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,” said President McCoy. “I am so proud of this institution.  It is because of the dedicated efforts of each and every member of this campus that Jefferson fulfills its mission to our students and the community we serve.  It is gratifying that the evaluation team reaffirmed the good work that is done each and every day here at Jefferson Community College.”  

Jefferson was initially accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1969.  The College’s accreditation was last reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2005 and Jefferson will be required to re-apply for accreditation in 2025.