Genesee Community College Receives Another 10-Year Reaccreditation

Genesee Community College has received notice from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that the College has been fully reaccredited for the next ten years. In its letter, the Commission said, “To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the report.”

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.

“We are thrilled that the Middle States Commission has reaccredited Genesee for the full ten years,” Dr. Ruth Andes, Sociology professor at Genesee Community College and chair for the reaccreditation effort, said. “The response from the Commission reflects the highest commendation they can give to a college that has just completed the accreditation process.”
Dr. Andes noted the success of the two-year reaccreditation process involved an extensive self study using four task forces to examine every aspect of the College with scores of volunteer subcommittee members. Each task force was led by a volunteer chairperson who contributed significantly to the Self Study Report. The task force chairs were: Karen Taylor, who was associate professor of English during the two-year reaccreditation process but is now associate dean for the Lakeville Campus Center; Kristin Yunker, now the College’s comptroller; Mike Stoll, dean of Math, Science, and Career Education; and Carol Marriott, director of Institutional Research.

“While we were very pleased to receive official notification that we were once again reaccredited for the maximum ten year period, it was an action that we anticipated. Genesee Community College prioritizes innovation and sets out to develop distinctive academic programs that will serve students throughout their career aspirations,” President Stuart Steiner said. “Additionally, we have invested a great deal of time and energy in attempting to measure the outcomes of our work and one of the focuses of our own compensative self study. We listen and watch national trends very closely to remain proactive and progressively address future developments –not only for our students but as an economic engine for the GLOW region. We take our middle name very seriously, and it is pleasing to have the reaccreditation action reaffirm the results of this ongoing effort.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Ruth Andes at 585-343-0055 x6308.