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10 July 2013

HACC works to remove Middle State warning

College takes several steps toward meeting commission’s standards on three goals


HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is moving forward on steps necessary for accreditation compliance by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The steps the College has completed to have the warning removed include:

  • Engaging two educational consultants, both of whom have experience assisting other colleges in removing their warnings, to lead and manage the effort to remove HACC’s warning status.
  • Acquiring the software license for, designed and implemented the TK20 Assessment Management System. This system enables the College to comprehensively aggregate and interconnect existing and new documentation of assessment and institutional effectiveness in a platform that accommodates a wide scope of users and activities.
  • Forming a College-wide task force that has created the College’s Institutional Effectiveness Plan and revised administrative procedures, which have been approved by Cabinet in accordance with the new shared governance process.
“We continue to focus our efforts on resolving all of the issues cited by the Commission,” said HACC President John J. Sygielski, Ed.D. “Teams throughout the College are making significant and on-target progress toward achieving compliance.”

On Nov. 15, 2012, Middle States issued a warning to HACC regarding the College’s performance on three of the Commission’s 14 standards for accreditation. This warning does not impact HACC’s accreditation status or ability to offer financial aid.

The College is making every effort to demonstrate compliance with the Middle States Standards, and will submit its monitoring report by Sept. 1, 2013. The Commission will then conduct a small team visit to assess the College’s compliance with the Commission’s standards. Following the on-site visit, a report by the visiting team will be completed. The monitoring report, the small team report and the institutional response to the small team report will be considered by the Committee on Follow-Up Activities, and then by the Commission as early as December.

For more information on the status of the HACC’s warning from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, please visit http://www.hacc.edu/AboutUs/InstitutionalEffectiveness/MiddleStates/index.cfm.

About HACC:
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, was established in 1964 as the commonwealth’s first HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, was established in 1964 as the first Pennsylvania community college and is the state’s largest of the 14 community colleges. HACC offers nearly 200 associate career and transfer degrees, certificate and diploma programs annually to nearly 44,000 credit students in a 10-county area. HACC has regional campuses in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York, and online Virtual Learning that reaches students on a global scale. In addition, HACC is Central Pennsylvania’s premier workforce development provider with thousands of students enrolled in areas such as job training, customized company contracts, public safety, healthcare, technology, trades and computer training. For more information, go to www.hacc.edu or call 1-800-ABC-HACC (1-800-222-4222).

About Middle States:
Per the Middle States website, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is responsible for more than 525 accredited and candidate institutions, located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations abroad. The Commission accredits only degree-granting institutions, including colleges, universities, military academies and religious seminaries. The accreditation process is a voluntary, self-regulatory, peer review process. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and its evaluators use information provided by candidate and member institutions as a foundation for review of activities in conjunction with onsite interviews and data gathering in order to determine whether an institution meets the Commission’s requirements of affiliation and standards for accreditation. For more information, go to http://www.msche.org/.

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