Gateway Community College will host the 2016 NEASC Re-Accreditation Team from March 6 - 9. During this time they will meet with faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders to assess the college's self-study report and make a recommendation to the New England Association of Schools and College's regarding the college's accreditation through 2026.
Members of the college community (students, faculty & staff) are invited to share their GCC success stories and to meet the NEASC Re-Accreditation Team at one of three Open Sessions in the Curran Community Center (N100).
Monday, March 7 from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Tuesday, March 8 from 11:00a.m. to noon and 3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution found to meet or exceed explicit criteria of educational quality. Having satisfied the New England Association of Schools and College’s (NEASC, Inc.) Standards for Accreditation, Gateway Community College is now preparing for its next re-accreditation review, scheduled for March 2016.
HOW DOES A COLLEGE BECOME ACCREDITED?
NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), the accrediting body for New England’s 243 colleges and universities, expects that the institution’s self-study report confirms that it:
has clearly defined purposes appropriate to an institution of higher learning;
has assembled and organized those resources necessary to achieve its purposes;
is achieving its purposes; has the ability to continue to achieve its purpose.
Since January 2014, ten teams of over 90 administrators, staff, faculty, and students have been collaborating on GCC’s 2016 Self-Study report. The report is a comprehensive, rigorous examination measuring and verifying Gateway Community College’s achievements while identifying ways in which the college’s goals and objectives can be improved. Segmented into eleven chapters, the self-study addresses particular dimensions of GCC’s overall institutional quality to assure the academic community, the public, and interested government agencies that the College is indeed an effective institution worthy of accreditation status.
Each team has thoroughly researched, thoughtfully considered, drafted, documented, revised, and edited multiple iterations of its chapter for the College’s 100 page self-study report which is accompanied by evidence-based data. The eleven chapters address:
1: Mission and Purposes
2: Planning and Evaluation
3: Organization and Governance
4: The Academic Program
7: Library and Other Information Resources
8: Physical and Technological Resources
9: Financial Resources
10: Public Disclosure
The accreditation process in New England has three distinct components: Self Study, Evaluation, Review and Action. Through this assessment process, the Commission encourages and assists in the improvement, effectiveness and excellence of affiliated educational institutions.
Gateway Community College will submit the 2016 Self-Study and accompanying data, under Dr. Kendrick’s signature, to the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education in December 2015. The self-study report serves as a basis for evaluation when a team of peer-evaluators, made up of administrators and faculty from other accredited colleges and universities, visits the college to assess the institution in light of the self-study against the Standards for Accreditation.
The Visiting Team, which will be on campus in March 2016 over a three day period, will summarize its findings and conclusions in a written report addressing the institution’s success in fulfilling its purposes. The VisitingTeam will also make recommendations regarding ways in which that success may be enhanced. The Visiting Team will also submit a confidential report to CIHE that will determine if, and for how long, Gateway Community College should be re-accredited.
REVIEW AND ACTION
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education will review the self-study, the team report, and any response the institution makes to the team’s findings. The Commission also meets with the College’s chief executive officer and team chair, seeking third-party comment regarding the institution. With this information, the Commission takes action on each institution’s accreditation status and specifies areas where the institution should seek to improve its effectiveness.
GCC President Kendrick and the Self-Study Steering Team are confident that CIHE will grant Gateway Community College continued accreditation for another ten years.
WHY IS ACCREDITATION IMPORTANT TO GCC?
The faculty and staff at Gateway Community College are committed to providing the highest levels of education and services. As we plan for the future, the self-study and peer-review process, allows us to review and address our strengths and challenges in a productive and thoughtful way.
The peer-review process brings educators from all over New England together and allows for honest, objective and comprehensive evaluations carried out with the utmost integrity and commitment to research-driven standards.
“Accreditation has been a longstanding stimulus for educational improvement throughout New England,” says Cameron C. Staples, President and CEO of NEASC. “NEASC prides itself on its enduring commitment to self-regulation and peer-review.”