HACC faulted by accreditation agency, has less than a year to comply

A national accreditation agency has given Harrisburg Area Community College a little less than a year to make improvements to three different areas.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional higher education institution accrediting agencies in the nation, said HACC has fallen short on their institutional, general education and student learning assessments.

While under the commission's warning, HACC will remain accredited and has until September 1, 2013 to comply with the standards. HACC is the only Pennsylvania college currently under warning by the commission.

HACC president, John Sygielski, said he is confident the school will come into compliance by the deadline.

“The College is – and has been – addressing these issues and already has taken a number of steps toward the development and implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment process, including direct measures as required by the Commission,” he said in a press release.

HACC has been faulted for not clearly having a system in place to express, evaluate and improve their institutional goals. In addition, the commission warned HACC that it needs to improve student learning assessment, which involves designing programs that provide intentional opportunities for students to achieve learning goals.

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