A year of institutional self-analysis has resulted in the approval of North Shore Community College’s interim fifth-year accreditation report by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
The New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc., is the nation’s oldest accrediting association and is committed to establishing and maintaining high standards for all levels of education, pre-K to doctoral level, within one association. Accreditation review is conducted once a decade, with a less intensive five-year interim assessment follow up.
Accreditation relies on a voluntary, peer review process involving a self-study process of 12-18 months. Goals are effectiveness, improvement and public assurance to establish a level of acceptable quality for all accredited institutions.
“The Commission commends North Shore Community College for its comprehensive and detailed interim report. We note that North Shore Community College has identified its budget as a “challenge,” yet has been successful in increasing its reserves from $4 million in FY 2009 to $7 million in FY 2013. We understand that space has been leased at the North Shore Business Center, Middleton, as a short-term solution to house the College’s Culinary Arts and Cosmetology programs. We understand that NSCC’s strategic plan dovetails with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Vision Plan, and the creation of an effective matrix demonstrating planning strategies attempted and completed for 2009-2013 is commendable,” the notification letter stated.
In addition, “The College plans to develop coordinated academic planning and strategic enrollment processes and has implemented a robust array of student support services and processes to inform students of graduation requirements as they pertain to their major. We note with approval the College’s continuous progress in its development of a coordinated approach to assessment of student learning outcomes that involves College-wide participation. The Commission notes with favor the opening of NSCC’s state-of-the art Health Professions and Student Service Building in Danvers, which houses all health and animal science programs, and the development of a Regional Master Plan that includes plans for expansion of the Lynn campus.
“The Commission expresses appreciation for the report submitted by North Shore Community College and hopes that its preparation has contributed to institutional improvement. It appreciates your cooperation in the effort to provide public assurance of the quality of higher education in New England,” the response concluded.
“This five-year NEASC approval is an important validation for the college that we continue to operate at the highest levels to provide our students with an excellent educational experience,” said NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile. “I applaud the over 100 faculty and staff who committed countless hours to this process over the course of the year to produce a self- analysis report that was comprehensive, realistic and accurately identified the areas where the college is thriving along with areas that we will work to enhance and grow.”