Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirms accreditation of Cumberland County College

Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has officially reaffirmed accreditation for Cumberland County College, and recognized the institution for progress to date.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which serves as the federally recognized regional accreditor for New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, issued the reaffirmation and recognition at its session in November.

Reaffirming accreditation requires no follow-up reporting, and is issued when an institution meets the Commission’s accreditation standards and requirements of affiliation, with no questions or concerns regarding continued compliance.

“Our faculty and staff have high standards for themselves and their students,” said Cumberland County College’s president, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “This external validation further demonstrates to the community that Cumberland County College is a premier and first choice institution for the first two years of one’s undergraduate degree.”

“Higher education accreditation by peer review is all about institutional improvement,” said Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Professor and Special Assistant to the President for Academic Programs at Cumberland County College. “It means a lot that the Commission recognized the progress Cumberland has made in implementing recommendations made five years ago during our Self-Study. This shows that, in our case, accreditation is working as intended, to make Cumberland an even stronger institution. The confidence they have shown in us by not requesting further follow-up really validates the many improvements we have made. It's great to be part of such a dynamic institution.”

Long recognized as a sign of quality, Middle States accreditation is important to institutions such as Cumberland County College for purposes of obtaining federal financial aid and helping to ensure the transferability of earned credits.

“We are delighted that our college’s accreditation has been reaffirmed, demonstrating Cumberland’s commitment to provide an outstanding education to our students,” added Mary Thorstensen, co-chair of the Periodic Review Report. “The Commission’s positive response to our report is the result of Cumberland’s dedicated teamwork and the exceptional contribution of our academic deans, Dr. Lynn Lichtenberger and Dr. James Piccone, along with our Institutional Effectiveness chairperson, Carole Grusemeyer. Overall, the process of introspection and peer review has made our college stronger.”

The next self-study evaluation to be reviewed by the Middle States Commission will be presented in the 2020-2021 academic year.