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Middle States Brief

By Ron Goldfarb
Co-Chair, Middle States Self-Study Committee

It has been nearly three years since we began to discuss MCC's application for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Since so much has happened on campus since the submission of the 2006 Periodic Review Report, it was obvious that the Self-Study, the heart of the application process, would be a major undertaking.

With guidance from a Steering Committee made up of 10 faculty members and administrators, 14 Work Group chairs led 100 of your colleagues in gathering data, analyzing it in relation to the Commission's Characteristics of Excellence, and writing multiple drafts of their reports. Those reports were incorporated into the Self-Study, which also went through many versions. Since late December, the final version has been posted at https://infonet.middlesexcc.edu/middlestates/. It was submitted to the Commission in early January.

The Middle States site visit team will be arriving at MCC on Sunday, March 6 to begin their examination of the College's operations. During their three days on campus, the team members are planning to meet with many faculty members, administrators, and students, both individually and in groups. Also, it is not uncommon for team members to drop into offices and stop passersby in corridors to discuss various aspects of the College. Please share your knowledge of MCC with them.

If you have not already done so, you may want to read the Self-Study at https://infonet.middlesexcc.edu/middlestates/. More than 100 pages are devoted to showing that the College complies with Middle States standards. It begins with a five page Executive Summary and concludes with three pages of recommendations that come from the discussions within the report.

On Wednesday, May 9, there will be exit interview conducted by the team chair, Dr. Dustin Swanger. He will discuss the team's findings and the recommendations that will be made to the Commission on Higher Education. The Commission will meet in June and MCC will be notified of its findings shortly thereafter. The exit interview is open to all members of the College community and will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Crabiel Hall Brunswick room.