Brookdale Community College has a proud heritage. More than 300,000 students have accessed affordable and exceptional higher education through Brookdale over the past 50 years. We are ranked among the top 5% of all community colleges in the nation. Our students transfer to prestigious institutions in the region and nation. On average, our students earn higher GPAs at their transfer colleges than students who start at those colleges as freshmen. Students in 50 clubs contribute thousands of hours per year in community service. Our athletic teams are regional and national champions. These facts are indicative of an outstanding institution; this is Brookdale today.
Brookdale Community College accreditation status hasn’t changed. The College continues to be accredited by the Middles States Commission on Higher Education. Our students continue to be able to transfer credits and access financial aid this year, just as they have since the College’s first accreditation in 1972.
Every eight years, all colleges in the Middle States region go through a re-accreditation process. During those eight years, the college must conduct annual assessments, make recommendations for improvement, check to make sure the improvements worked, submit annual updates, and engage in a self-study process that takes 18 months or more to complete. At the end of the self-study process, the college submits a lengthy report to the Middle States Commission to prove that it satisfied the standards for re-accreditation during the previous eight years.
This past summer, at the conclusion of our self-study process, the Commission asked for additional documentation and issued a warning which gives the College additional time to gather more information. A warning is issued when the Commission believes that a college has the ability to achieve re-accreditation within a short timeframe. If the Commissioners believed that Brookdale didn't have the ability to achieve re-accreditation, the consequences would have been probation or a far more severe action.
We have already implemented important changes based on the Commission's input and fully expect to gain the Commission’s reaffirmation of accreditation in Spring 2019. Seeing the work that is being done every day, I know that we will achieve this goal. We won’t consider any other option.
David Stout, Ph.D.
Brookdale Community College