Rockland Community College, State University of New York is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Accreditation is a process of peer review that the educational community has adopted for its self-regulation. The Commission’s process examines the entire institution, including its educational programs and curricula, student achievement, faculty, facilities and equipment, student support services, recruiting and admissions practices, the institution’s financial condition, administrative effectiveness, governing boards, and several other aspects of the institution.
The Commission evaluates its member colleges and universities every five years. The most comprehensive evaluation is based upon a report that the institution prepares about itself, called a self-study report. This evaluation always includes a visit by a team of evaluators who report to the Commission. It occurs every 10 years.
The College’s accreditation was reaffirmed on November 15, 2012. The College’s next self-study evaluation will be in 2016 - 2017.