Queensborough Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of five regional accrediting bodies in the country. Every ten years, Queensborough undergoes a comprehensive self-study of the entire institution. After submission of the report to the commission, a site visit is arranged in which a group of external reviewers—colleagues from the region—visit the campus and make a report on their findings. Subsequent to the filing of the external reviewers' report, the commission meets and renders a decision on reaccreditation.
The Middle States Commission has 14 standards of excellence by which it evaluates an institution, with particular emphasis on outcomes assessment and continuous improvement plans. Accreditation indicates that an institution is healthy, rigorous in its academic programs, and responsive to its constituents and has a well credentialed faculty, good academic support services, and a comprehensive and clear continuous improvement plan. Losing one's accreditation would mean complete loss of federal funding and difficult, if not impossible, transfer of credit for students.
The process leading to reaccreditation, a challenging one for the entire campus, is also an opportunity for substantive reflection on the structures and processes by which the institution operates and for serious and committed consideration of recommendations for the future. In short, the process should be meaningful to the institution and provide a vision for future growth.
The Self-study Web site provides links to the documentation involved in the process toward Middle States reaccreditation.