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Reaccreditation Study Cites ACM Strengths, Improvement Areas

July 2nd, 2015 by WCBC Radio

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which recently evaluated Allegany College of Maryland’s request for reaccreditation, has directed the college to address three operational areas for improvement.


The regional accrediting agency affirmed college performance in 11 of 14 standards, but directed ACM to take follow-up action on three overall operational areas.


These concern how the college assesses its effectiveness, including in student learning and fulfillment of broad initiatives, and its efforts to plan, allocate resources and renew the institution.


The commission’s action, taken at a meeting in late June, stems from a Middle States evaluation of ACM by a team that reviewed the college’s comprehensive institutional self-study report.


The panel, comprising community college executives, administrators and faculty members from three states and the District of Columbia, visited ACM in mid-April, meeting with more than 100 individuals closely connected to the college.


The nine-member team shared that ACM “was able to complete a solid assessment of organizational strengths and areas for improvement through an inclusive process that involved many faculty and staff.”


In response to the Middles States report, the college has convened a task force of administrators, faculty and staff members to address the shortcomings identified in the evaluation and to develop a required follow-up report and prepare for a small team visit.

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