Hudson County Community College has achieved full reaccreditation through 2027-28 from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, HCCC President Chris Reber announced July 9.
The recognition comes following a process that began in September 2016 with HCCC’s Self-Study, which analyzed areas of operation at the school with respect to the Middle States Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.
Institutional accreditation is required in order to provide federal financial aid for students and is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation for degree-granting institutions offering one or more post-secondary education programs of at least one academic year in length.
Preliminary visits were made to HCCC’s campus in November 2018 by the chair of the Middle States Peer Review Team, Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard. A Peer Review Team then visited the school from March 31 to April 3, 2019 to verify the Self-Study.
“The on-site visit confirmed that the (HCCC) community has palpable enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to fulfilling the institution’s mission, vision and values in the interests of students and community,” the team reported, adding: “The HCCC students offered unsolicited testimony that the institution is their first-choice option for pursuing a higher education and that faculty and staff provide unwavering, heartfelt, and holistic support that enables student success and completion.”
HCCC offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs to more than 16,000 full- and part-time students, the college said.
The Middle States Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation activities for higher education institutions in New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.