Reflecting on Our Community of Excellence
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 engaged in a College-wide Self-Study process which culminated with a Self-Study Document, an onsite team visit March 24-27, 2019 and finally the MSCHE Evaluation & Report.
The MSCHE Evaluation & Report
About Middle States and the BCC Self-Study
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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.”
The 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.
The MSCHE Accreditation’s Impact on 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.