HCC granted continued accreditation

(March 24, 2005) - The Middles States Commission on Higher Education recently acted to reaffirm the accreditation of Hagerstown Community College. This notification comes as a follow-up to the ten-year review by a team of evaluators who visited the HCC campus in November of 2004.

The Middles States Commission on Higher Education recently acted to reaffirm the accreditation of Hagerstown Community College. This notification comes as a follow-up to the ten-year review by a team of evaluators who visited the HCC campus in November of 2004.

“This reaccreditation is external validation that the college is doing an excellent job based largely on the talents and hard work of the faculty and staff,” said HCC President Guy Altieri. “As we struggle to do more for an increasing number of students, it’s important for us to continue to meet the rigorous academic and business standards set by Middle States.”

Altieri added that from a student’s perspective, it is especially important because the Middle States accreditation designation allows college credits to transfer from one accredited institution to another.

“There are other types of college accreditations that HCC has or could pursue, but none is as important to the transfer of student credits as Middle States,” he said.

HCC has continuously maintained accreditation by Middle States since its first review in 1968. In preparation for the November visit, college officials prepared a 220-page institutional self-study which was sent in advance to the evaluation team.

The team reported that HCC met all of the 14 standards of excellence identified by Middle States. In keeping with reaffirmation of full accreditation, HCC is expected to submit a periodic review report to the Middle States Commission in June of 2010. Its next comprehensive visit will be in 2015.

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