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Middle States Self Study


Bergen Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 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 community, technical and four-year schools.

In November 2013, Middle States informed the College of a decennial evaluation visit in spring 2016. As a part of this reaccrediting process, President 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.



Why does Accreditation Matter?


  1. Credits are more easily transferred to four-year schools.
  2. Teaching and research efforts of the faculty are legitimized.
  3. Accredited institutions have access to federal grant money for faculty and financial aid for students
  4. The process invites the College to consider: How are we doing?