Frequently Asked Questions
What is Middle States?
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations and resources. The Commission is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement. Atlantic Cape is a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is reviewed under processes established by MSCHE.
What Took Place on Atlantic Cape's Last 10 Year Accreditation Visit?
Please visit Middle States Reports and Actions.
What Is Atlantic Cape's Accreditation Status?
Atlantic Cape's accreditation has been reaffirmed, per a decision by the Commission on November 12, 2013.
What Has Atlantic Cape Done Since the 10 Year Visit?
In February 2008, the College submitted a Monitoring Report required by the Commission. The Monitoring Report describes the specific improvements made by the College in sustainable strategies executed to develop and implement a comprehensive institutional strategic plan. That plan links long-range planning to decision making and budgeting while providing for the development and implementation of a sustained and organized process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness.
In April 2010, the College submitted a second required Monitoring Report, documenting the implementation of the Institutional Effectiveness Plan. The report included the identification of student learning outcomes and the use of assessment results to improve institutional planning and budgeting.
In June 2013, the College submitted a mid-accreditation Periodic Review Report (PRR). The PRR documented the progress of the 2006 Recommendations on assessment in institutional effectiveness and the linkage between long-range planning and budgeting processes. In November 2013, the PRR was accepted by the Commission, the institution was commended for the quality of the report, and accreditation was reaffirmed. Middle States requested a progress report documenting both steps taken to assure continuity and stability of institutional administration, as well as the development and implementation of an enrollment management plan.
In April 2015 the College submitted the progress report, which was accepted by the commission on June 25, 2015.