Union County College Commended By Middle States Commission

CRANFORD – Five years after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education called Union County College “a leader among its peers,” the college is once again earning distinction as a model community college.

Union’s latest accolades come as a result of the commission’s approval of the college’s Periodic Review Report. In a recent letter to Union President Margaret M. McMenamin, the commission not only reaffirmed the college’s accreditation, but also acted “to commend the institution for the quality of (the report) and process.”

The Periodic Review Report is a five-year progress report as part of the 10-year accreditation cycle. The final report, which the College submitted for Middle States review in the spring, reflects the efforts of dozens of College faculty and staff. Employees who headed the PRR team were Executive Director Patricia Biddar, Senior Professor William Rohrer, Senior Professor Denise Lagos, and Vice President Maris Lown.

McMenamin praised the PRR team for developing the report through “a collegial effort in capturing a record of the substantial progress that the College is making toward institutional goals. Most important, the PRR demonstrates the vitality of this growing and changing college as we reach out to the community we serve.”

Five years ago, the Middle States Commission recognized Union as “a leader among its peers” when the College earned reaccreditation as a result of a successful Self Study. The recently approved PRR lays the groundwork for the next Self Study by a Middle States visiting team in 2017.

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