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 program and curricula
- Student achievement
- Facilities and equipment
- Student support services
- Recruiting and admissions practices
- The institution’s financial condition
- Administrative effectiveness
- Governing boards
- 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.