Long Island City, NY—LaGuardia Community College has received reaffirmation of its accreditation for a 10-year period –the highest re-accreditation status possible- from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally.
The Commission’s decision was based on the final Evaluation Team Report, which highlighted LaGuardia’s talented faculty, highly student-centric culture and pervasive commitment to collaboration, vision and innovation as “impressive.” The Team also singled out the strong institutional culture of assessment and student learning for praise.
“The energy at LaGuardia is incredible,” said Dr. Stephen M. Curtis, President of the Community College of Philadelphia who led the Evaluation Team. “LaGuardia evidenced a fully engaged college community, particularly with respect to strategic planning, its focus on students’ success and assessment. All of these traits contribute to a dynamic institution.”
“LaGuardia’s Middle States accreditation process gave us a chance to review every area of the College –from academic programs to administrative practices– so we can continue to expand our legacy as a bold and innovative institution of higher learning,” said LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow.
The College’s two-year long Self Study process was led by LaGuardia Community College English Professor Dr. Gordon Tapper, and incorporated the work of nearly 140 faculty, staff and students.
“From the beginning, we strove to make our process of gathering, analyzing and synthesizing information for the Self Study Report a transparent, collaborative project,” explained Dr. Tapper.
Additional high marks by the Evaluation Team were assigned to LaGuardia’s participatory strategic planning process and the institution’s budget process, which was lauded for its transparency, and the College’s Adult and Continuing Education Division which was deemed remarkable in its ability to transition non-credit students into credit-bearing courses.
“Periodic reaccreditation is instrumental in helping us as an institution to take stock of our achievements and face the challenges ahead,” said Dr. Mellow. “Our founding President Joseph Shenker’s recipe for a successful re-accreditation process remains timeless: ‘Since the College opened in the fall of 1971, members of the faculty, administration, and student body have joined hands and worked diligently to educate and graduate students who are critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens.”
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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.