STATE – Two New Jersey colleges have been warned that their accreditation status is in jeopardy.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued the warnings to Kean University and Essex County College because they have deficiencies in their methods of institutional assessment and assessment of student learning.
The colleges have until March 1 to correct their shortcomings and provide evidence that they are in compliance with the commission’s standards. The schools remain accredited while on warning.
Representatives from both schools expressed confidence that they would be able to satisfy the commission’s concerns.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is responsible for more than 500 accredited and candidate institutions, located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other locations abroad.
The commission utilizes 14 Standards of Accreditation and 10 Requirements of Affiliation to evaluate institutions. (PDF format)
Accreditation is important because it affects whether an institution is able to receive government funding and helps students determine if it offers a quality education.
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