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HCC gets favorable accreditation report

November 04, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

In the final phase of its accreditation process, Hagerstown Community College received a favorable report Wednesday from the Middle States Association of Colleges, a regional accreditation board.

In an hour-long summary at HCC's Kepler Theater, an eight-member team of six women and two men presented its findings on HCC's performance in meeting accreditation standards to an audience of about 100 faculty and staff members.

After arriving on Sunday, the team spent Monday and Tuesday visiting with faculty, staff and community leaders prior to their release of Wednesday's report.

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"It was a well-planned visit and they were extremely organized, they knew their stuff," HCC President Guy Altieri told the audience.

In two weeks, the team will submit a written version of Wednesday's review to HCC. The college has 10 days to respond, Altieri said.

In March, the Middle States Higher Education Commission will approve or deny continued accreditation for the college, he said.

"We expect accreditation for the maximum length of time, which is 10 years," Altieri said.

Some of the areas evaluated included: mission goals and objectives, institutional resources, leadership and integrity, student admissions, student support services and assessment of student learning.

Although the team evaluated 14 different standards, the report listed several suggestions and three primary recommendations which will be adopted by the college, Altieri said.

"All three recommendations were focused on the assessment of student learning," he said.

The evaluation team was chaired by Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris in Morristown, N.J. Yaw praised HCC's comprehensive self study, a 220-page document, sent to the team prior to the visit.

HCC has maintained accreditation since 1968 and was last reviewed in 1993.

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