(Butler, PA) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) reaffirmed accreditation for Butler County Community College on November 17, 2011 after examination of the Periodic Review Report (PRR) submitted by BC3 in June 2011.
"This report from Middle States confirms the outstanding work that we are doing at BC3," said Dr. Nick Neupauer, BC3 President. "Higher education is under a microscope in many ways today. People may not realize how important accreditation is to a college. As an accredited institution, we are able to confer degrees, transfer credits to other colleges and universities, and award financial aid to our students. Without it, we couldn't exist."
Peer reviewers from Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York and Fordham University in Bronx, New York analyzed BC3’s PRR and found the report to be well written, well organized, and respondent to MSCHE Standards of Excellence.
Reviewers commended BC3’s advancement in the design, implementation, and integration of a sustainable assessment process for student learning. The College’s response to planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal were also lauded, citing BC3’s strategic planning process as an integrated, cohesive framework allowing for fluidity for the future. Other commendations included sound fiscal planning during budgetary cutbacks and fiscal crises facing many institutions of higher learning.
MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation.
An onsite evaluation is conducted every 10 years to ensure BC3 is meeting the Standards of Excellence as set for by MSCHE. Periodic Review Reports are required every 5 years as a follow up to recommendations made during the onsite evaluation. In the 2010-2011 academic year, BC3 prepared for the PRR as a follow up to recommendations made by MSCHE after an onsite evaluation in 2006.
BC3 continues to meet and exceed the rigorous accreditation standards not only set by MSCHE, but also set by college administrators, faculty, and staff.
The College's next onsite evaluation is scheduled for 2015-16.