BCC President Carolyn G. Williams Appointed to National Education Policy Committee

Bronx, NY – Dr. Carolyn G. Williams, president of Bronx Community College of The City University of New York, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) within the U.S. Department of Education. The NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education on matters related to accreditation and the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education.

In appointing Dr. Williams, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Majority Leader Nancy D. Pelosi stated, “The quality of our nation’s institutions of higher education will surely benefit from your guidance and leadership on the committee. I offer my congratulations and thanks for the work you do for our nation’s students and future leaders.”

Specifically, NACIQI provides recommendations to the Secretary of Education regarding:

  • the establishment and enforcement of criteria for recognition of accrediting agencies or associations,
  • the recognition of specific accrediting agencies or associations, or a specific state approval agency,
  • the preparation and publication of the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations, and
  • the relationship between (1) accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions, and (2) state licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions.

Traditionally, the NACIQI meets twice a year in June and December.

Founded in 1957, Bronx Community College (BCC), the oldest of City University of New York’s six community colleges, serves as the engine for academic and economic mobility for motivated students from diverse backgrounds and preparations. More than 11,000 students from over 109 nations are enrolled in 30 associate degree and certificate programs including Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Computer Graphics, Nuclear Medicine, and Business Administration, Digital Arts, Computer Information Systems, Education Associate, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Accounting, Human Services, Media Technology and Paralegal Studies. BCC’s 43-acre campus, high above the Harlem River, features architectural masterpieces of Stanford White and Marcel Breuer, as well as the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, the nation’s first hall of fame. BCC President Carolyn G. Williams is in her 14th year of leadership service to the College, which is located at  2155 University Avenue at West 181st Street, formerly New York University’s uptown campus until 1973.

The College is home to initiatives not commonly associated with two-year institutions, such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities. The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) ) is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges and universities to create linkages between these institutions and is also working to enhance student and academic support at the colleges. NCEA also coordinates the College’s global initiative which facilitates global learning within and outside of the classroom.

Bryant Mason / (718) 289-5208 / bryant.mason@bcc.cuny.edu