HACC receives accreditation warning
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has given Harrisburg Area Community College an accreditation warning.
The commission gave HACC until September 2013 to prove compliance with three standards out of the 14 it measures: Institutional assessment, assessment of general education and assessment of student learning.
HACC remains accredited through the assessment period.
“I am confident that HACC will meet these requirements,” HACC president John J. “Ski” Sygielski, said in a news release. “The college is — and has been — addressing these issues and already has taken a number of steps toward the development and implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment process, including direct measures as required by the commission.”
The news release listed numerous actions the college has taken toward that end, including an Office of Institutional Effectiveness started in 2011, the formation of a collegewide assessment committee, revision of learning outcomes in curriculum documents and action on procuring assessment management software.
HACC was the first community college in the region to be accredited by the commission, in 1967. Reaccreditation, conducted on a five-year schedule, was last granted at HACC in 2007. According to the commission, HACC has more than 22,500 undergraduate students across its many midstate campuses and partner sites.