4Cs Seeks Public Input as Part of Reaccreditation Process

WEST BARNSTABLE – Cape Cod Community College is going through the reaccreditation process this spring and is seeking feedback from the community.

Accreditation establishes a baseline across academia to make sure institutions are providing an equivalent educational experience.

The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation in late April by a team from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to ensure the institution continues to meet current standards and is working to improve the quality of education offered.

College spokesman Michael Gross said hearing from the public is an important part of the process.

“Do they believe the product that they are receiving is in fact what they were expecting? When they come here are they getting the kind of education, are they getting treated the way they need to or is the process of engaging them appropriate?” Gross said. “How do they feel about their community college?”

A link which details how to provide comments to the team of accreditors can be found on the homepage of capecod.edu.

“This is not something that we filter,” Gross said. “You literally send your comments directly to those who will come and review the institution.”

The college was first accredited in 1967 and goes through the in depth review every 10 years.

The process started a year and a half ago when the college conducted a self-study of its own effectiveness, addressing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education’s “Standards for Accreditation.”

The team of peer evaluators will visit the college from April 23-25 to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate.

Institutions that meet the standards have clearly defined purposes, assembled and organized the resources needed to achieve its purpose, is achieving its purpose and has the ability to continue to achieve its purpose.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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