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Middle States

Middle States

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
  • Faculty
  • 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.

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