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Cape Cod Community College Seeks Public Comment During Its Ten-Year Reaccreditation Process

Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Council of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and has been a fully accredited institution since 1967. Every ten years the institution undergoes a comprehensive self-assessment, followed by an in depth review by a team of NEASC affiliate academic professionals, assuring the public that standards of educational and operational excellence, common to all of higher education, are being met. That process is underway now at CCCC, and encompasses the entire institution.

Institutions of higher learning achieve accreditation from CIHE by demonstrating they meet the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation and comply with its policies.  Moreover, the Commission expects affiliated institutions to work toward improving their quality, increasing their effectiveness, and continually striving toward excellence.

Each of the Standards articulates a dimension of institutional quality.  In applying the Standards, the Commission assesses and makes a determination about the effectiveness of the institution as a whole.  The institution that meets the Standards:

  • has clearly defined purposes appropriate to an institution of higher learning;
  • has assembled and organized those resources necessary to achieve its purposes;
  • is achieving its purposes;
  • has the ability to continue to achieve its purposes.

The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April, 23-25, 2018 by a team representing NEASC and its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Cape Cod Community College was last reviewed in 2008.

Over the past year and a half, CCCC has conducted a self-study of its own effectiveness, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. A team of peer evaluators will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

Public Comment on Cape Cod Community College
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Road, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514

Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments must be received by April 25, 2018.