Reflecting on Our Community of Excellence
Preparing for BCC Middle States (MSCHE) Self-Study & Updating the BCC Strategic Plan
As part of the requirements for maintaining accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), we are currently engaged in a College-wide Self-Study process which will culminate with a Self-Study Document and an onsite team visit March 24-27, 2019.
Beginning in January, 2017 – We began to prepare for this MSCHE Self-Study with the selection of an MSCHE Steering Committee and Working Groups. More than 100 faculty, staff and students have participated in the development of our current Draft Self-Study.
About Middle States and the BCC Self-Study
What is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)?
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is the regional accrediting body responsible for accrediting and assuring the public of the educational quality of higher education institutions in the region. According to the MSCHE website,
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, regional membership association currently serving higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.”
What is an MSCHE Self-Study?
In order to obtain and maintain accreditation with MSCHE, institutions are required (now every 8 years) to engage their campus communities in a self-study process that demonstrates the institution’s compliance with all MSCHE standards and requirements and to chart progress with respect to their own mission and goals. The process culminates with a Self-Study Report and Evaluation visit.
How does an MSCHE Self-Study Impact the College?
Recommendations that emerged from the last BCC Self-Study in 2009 – were instrumental in developing our current Strategic Plan: 2015-20 (Building a Community of Excellence), which is central to the planning and decisions about resource allocations for the College. Following the MSCHE Evaluation Team visit to BCC in March, 2019 – a determination will be made about the accreditation status of the College. This can include a reaffirmation of accreditation (when the College demonstrates compliance with all standards/requirements) or a non-compliance action (which includes warning, probation, show cause or withdrawal).
What does MSCHE expect?
An institution accredited by MSCHE:
- Has an appropriate mission (Standard I)
- Lives it with integrity (Standard II)
- Delivers an effective student learning experience (Standard III)
- Supports the overall student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom (Standard IV)
- Assesses its own educational effectiveness (Standard V)
- Uses planning and resources to ensure institutional improvement (Standard VI)
- Is characterized by effective governance, leadership and administration (Standard VII)
What are the Objectives of the BCC Self-Study
- Demonstrate how BCC meets or exceeds MSCHE standards and requirements for accreditation.
- Engage the BCC community in an open, inclusive and transparent evaluation process that allows for input from all groups.
- Use Self-Study analysis to inform a new BCC Strategic Plan, in support of institution-wide improvement and renewal.
What is the timeline for BCC MSCHE Self-Study and Evaluation Visit?
January 2017 – MSCHE Steering Committee Formed
MSCHE process and standards discussed at Faculty/Staff Convocation
Volunteers solicited to serve on working groups.
Feb-March 2017 – Working groups formed (including > 100 participants)
Self-Study Design and Documentation Roadmap developed and submitted to MSCHE/approval received by MSCHE
May-Dec, 2017 – Orientation for all working group members
Working groups conduct research, do analysis and draft materials/submit to Steering Committee/receive feedback from Review Group/Steering Committee
Jan-May, 2018 – Working Groups continue work and submit second drafts to Steering Committee
June-Aug, 2018 – Editorial Group synthesizes working group submissions into Draft Report for campus review
September 2018 – Draft Self-Study disseminated across campus with multiple opportunities for discussion and feedback
October 2018 – Self-Study Submitted to Evaluation Team Chair for review and feedback
November 2018 – MSCHE Evaluation Team Chair provides feedback on Self-Study
February 2019 – Final Self-Study submitted to MSCHE
Mar 24-27, 2019 – MSCHE Evaluation Team Visit
June 2019 – MSCHE determines official accreditation standing for BCC