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 in March of 2008.
What Has Atlantic Cape Done Since the 10 Year Visit?
Dr. Mora appointed a team of Senior Staff members, consisting of Dr. Richard Perniciaro, Dean of Administration, Planning and Research; Dr. Arthur Wexler, Senior Dean of Academic Affairs; and Catherine Skinner, Dean of Finance, to prepare Atlantic Cape's Monitoring Report. They worked with the directors of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning, and received input from all stakeholder groups within the College community to develop a comprehensive Monitoring Report. That report describes the specific improvements the College has made and sustainable strategies it has developed with respect to Standards #2 and 7.
Here is a summary of those improvements:
- Monitoring Report Team. Appointed three members of Atlantic Cape's senior management team to coordinate the process for developing the Monitoring Report. These included the deans of: Academics; Finance; and, Administration, Planning & Research. Under Dr. Mora's oversight, this team coordinated the development of the Monitoring Report using a process that included input from all stakeholders within the College community.
- New Effectiveness Plan. Developed and initiated implementation of an Institutional Effectiveness Plan which provides rigorous outcome assessment measures that link to the Atlantic Cape Strategic Plan, the Student Learning Assessment Plan, the Annual Outcomes Assessment Report and the annual departmental operating plans and budgets.
- Linking Planning/Budgeting/Assessment. Development of a Planning, Budgeting and Assessment Model that links the College's current Strategic Plan, 2005 - 2009 to the annual operational and budget planning process, the new Institutional Effectiveness Plan, and the Annual Institutional Outcomes Report.
- Linking Strategic Plan to Budget. The annual budget document was reformatted to include a list of the collegewide goals from the Strategic Plan next to the budget lines that support those goals.
- Fund Strategic Priorities. The budget model was revised to provide the capacity to re-allocate current year funding to "strategic priorities" that occur during that current year.
- New Staff Position. Strengthened our internal resources in assessment, planning and research by establishing a new institutional position of Outcomes Assessment Program Coordinator.
- Staff Reorganization. The Administration, Planning and Research department was reorganized to include assessment and research.
- Consultant Input. Obtained input from leading consultants in the areas of planning and budgeting, and institutional effectiveness.
- Staff Development. Arranged for staff members to participate in the September 2006 Web conference on "Integrating Higher Education Planning and Assessment," the December 2006 conference on "Navigating the Winds of Change in Higher Education" and the January 2007 "Student Learning Assessment Institute."
- Professional Networking. Became an active member in the New Jersey Assessment Group for Community Colleges.