July 11, 2014
Citing exceptional practices in such areas as innovative student success programs and intensive support for at-risk and minority students, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed Anne Arundel Community College’s accreditation in a June 26, 2014 letter. The Middle States’ evaluation team’s accompanying report touted the college for its “growth and progress … under exceptional leadership and with well-qualified, experienced and devoted faculty, administrators and staff who place students and learning at the center of their efforts and concerns.”
AACC President Dr. Dawn Lindsay praised the college faculty, staff, students and the committees campus-wide that prepared for the evaluation team’s visit for their hard work and dedication. During an official visit in March, the evaluation team met with more than 250 individuals and found that students and the community feel proud of and well served by the college.
“Everywhere they turned, they heard with ‘candor and a spirit of collegiality’ what a stellar organization Anne Arundel Community College is,” Dr. Lindsay said.
To be reaccredited, the college had to meet all 14 standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college not only met the standards, but also was commended for exceptional practices in several instances. In addition, the college already is working on improvements in places where the evaluation team suggested changes.
The report concluded that AACC has demonstrated “its ability to accomplish a great deal with creativity, energy and commitment. The team believes that the Anne Arundel Community College is positioned well and will continue to move forward, setting meaningful priorities and planning strategically.”