Genesee Community College's Accreditation Report ‘Upbeat and Positive'

Genesee Community College has received the final report prepared by the Middle States Accreditation Team that visited the College last month, Vice President of Human Resources and Planning Larene Hoelcle reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening. The report is “upbeat and positive,” Dr. Hoelcle said.

The Team’s report indicates that the College meets or exceeds all standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for the accreditation of colleges. “We could not have hoped for a better report or a stronger affirmation of our quality and success,” Dr. Hoelcle told trustees.

The Team’s report now goes to the Middle States Commission, which will be asked to reaffirm Genesee’s accreditation. The reaccreditation decision is expected by the end of June.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic states and the Caribbean. Accreditation is a multi-year process. It begins with an exhaustive college-wide self-study of all operations and instructional efforts. The self-study is then presented to the Commission, which names a team chair and accreditation team. Several Middle States evaluators made a preliminary visit to Genesee last fall to review the self-study and supporting documentation. The full team visited Genesee early last month to interview faculty, staff, students, and trustees, and to conduct a more rigorous review of college operations, with a major focus on resources, planning, and assessment. Dr. Ruth E. Andes, Professor of Sociology and Acting Assistant Dean of Assessment and Special Projects, led Genesee’s self-study.

Reaccreditation is usually granted for a ten-year period. Colleges receiving ten-year accreditation must file an interim periodic review report at the five-year mark.

Dr. Elaine Ryan, President Emeritus of the College of Southern Maryland, served as Middle States Team Chair. Other team members included James E. Cunningham, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Jacqueline W. Kineavy, Passaic County Community College, NJ; Linda Amilstein, Brookdale Community College, NJ; Richard M. Parrish, Ocean County College, NJ. Generalist evaluators included James Ball, Carroll Community College, MD and Thomas N. Wilfrid, Acting President, Mercer County Community College, NJ.