Dr. Ellie Fogarty, Vice President of Institutional Field Relations, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)— and BMCC’s Middle States Liaison — visited the college on April 18 and delivered a presentation, followed by a Q & A session, to shed light on the Middle States Self-Study process that BMCC has begun.
BMCC faculty, students and staff filled the tiered rows of lecture room N452 for the event, hosted by BMCC President Antonio Perez. Dr. Fogarty opened her talk with a question: “Are we who we say we are, to our students?” and stressed the importance, in a self-assessment process, of providing evidence that the college delivers on what it promises to its constituencies. In addition, the college must follow the Middle States Commission’s Standards for Accreditation.
The BMCC decennial self-study process for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education was launched in February 2016, when over 100 faculty and staff came together in seven working groups — each addressing one of the Middle States standards — led by the BMCC Middle States Steering Committee. The two-year self-study process will culminate in the submission of BMCC's Self-Study report to the MSCHE in Fall 2017, followed by a peer-reviewed visit from the Middle States Evaluation Team in Spring 2018.