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Middle States

Bergen Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Commission on Higher Education is a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. All institutions of higher education in the Middle States region must apply for accreditation through this body – including all community, technical and four-year schools. Bergen first received accreditation from Middle States in 1972.

In November 2013, Middle States informed the College of a decennial evaluation visit in spring 2016. As a part of this reaccrediting process, President Dr. B. Kaye Walter and the executive team established a comprehensive self-study model to address Middle States' 14 Standards of Excellence and appointed a Self-Study Steering Committee to oversee the self-study process.

Accreditation …

… allows credits to transfer to four-year schools. 

… lends legitimacy to the teaching and research efforts of faculty.

… delivers grant money, including financial aid, to students, faculty, facilities and other educational initiatives.

… invites the College to consider: How are we doing? What do we need to improve? Do we have a process in place to ensure improvements will take place efficiently?