Sep 25, 2013

HACC Receives Positive Feedback from Middle States Commission on Higher Education

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, received positive feedback in a verbal report given today by a peer review team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The team commended HACC for its honesty, open communications and tremendous progress toward compliance with standards 7, 12 and 14 as a result of the warning issued by the Commission in November 2012 for the five-year period from 2007-12. HACC remains fully accredited while on warning.

The Commission defines the standards as:

According to the findings in the peer review team’s verbal exit report, the College has successfully met the requirements of the Commission’s standards in all but one area. Additional work and time is needed for standard 12. The team based its findings using the 168-page monitoring report submitted by the College and meetings with College employees, students and board members this week.

The report was presented verbally today to the College community and will be submitted to the Commission for formal action in November.

HACC President John J. Sygielski, Ed.D., said, “We are pleased with the results of the report and appreciate the recognition of the improvements made in a short period of time. Teams throughout the College have made, and continue to make, significant progress. HACC has much to be proud of, and the efforts of all should be commended.”

“I’m even more confident after today’s report that we will be removed from warning next summer. Of course, we will continue our efforts in all areas and continue to embrace Middle States’ recommendations,” Sygielski said.

The timeline of the involvement of the Commission follows:

Highlights from the peer review team's exit report:

While on warning, HACC remains accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The monitoring report, exit report and the institutional response to the report will be considered by the Committee on Follow-Up Activities and then by the Commission in November.

For more information on the status of the HACC’s warning from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, please visit
About HACC
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, offers nearly 200 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to more than 20,000 students at five campuses in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York and through virtual learning. In addition, HACC serves more than 29,000 students in noncredit workforce development, public safety, adult basic education and continuing education programs offered at all campuses and off-site locations in many communities in Central Pennsylvania. For more information about what HACC has to offer, visit
About Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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, visit