STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE
303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 877-3000; Fax: (973) 877-4465
www.essex.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Anthony Munroe, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 9596 Undergraduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State and Local- NJCCC and Essex County
2015 Carnegie Classification: Associate's Colleges - High Transfer-High Traditional
Approved Credential Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year), Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: ECC - West Essex Branch Campus, West Caldwell, NJ
Additional Locations: None
Other Instructional Sites: FOCUS, Newark, NJ; Integrity House, Newark, NJ; Ironbound, Newark, NJ
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1974
Last Reaffirmed: March 7, 2013

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 22, 2017: To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of November 17, 2016, to place the institution on warning because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance), and Standard 8 (Student Admission and Retention) and to request a monitoring report due September 1, 2017. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
March 7, 2013: To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning and to reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To request a progress report due by October 1, 2014, documenting further evidence of (1) the implementation of an organized, systematic, and sustainable process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in all programs that foster student learning and development, including general education (Standards 14 and 12), and (2) the completion of a new institutional strategic plan that reflects assessment results, and that incorporates and evaluates goals from the institution's technology plan, facilities plan, and enrollment management plan (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2018.
November 20, 2014: To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
August 31, 2015: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online AS in Business Administration and the online AA in Liberal Arts within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
April 11, 2016: Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due May 12, 2016, addressing recent developments at the College which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 4, (Leadership and Governance), Standard 5 (Administration), and Standard 6 (Integrity).
June 23, 2016: To reject the supplemental information report because it provided limited institutional responses to requested information and did not present evidence and analysis in a manner conducive to Commission review. To request a monitoring report, due August 1, 2016, including but not limited to documented evidence of (1) resource allocation procedures that provide for (a) adequate institutional controls to deal with financial, administrative and auxiliary operations, (b) rational and consistent policies and procedures to determine and monitor the allocation of assets, and (c) periodic assessment of the effective and efficient use of institutional resources (Standard 3); (2) a governing body that (a) certifies to the Commission that the institution is in compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation, the accreditation standards, and all policies of the Commission, (b) adheres to a conflict of interest policy that assures the impartiality of governing body members and the academic and fiscal integrity of the institution, and (c) undertakes the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); (3) an administration characterized by (a) a chief executive officer, with the combination of academic background and other qualities appropriate to an institution of higher education, whose primary responsibility is to lead the institution toward the achievement of its goals, (b) administrative leaders with appropriate skills, degrees and training to carry out their responsibilities and functions, (c) qualified staffing appropriate to the goals, type, size and complexity of the institution, (d) clear documentation of the lines of organization and authority, and (e) improvements based on the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of administrative structures and services (Standard 5); (4) equitable and consistent treatment of all institutional constituencies in the application of (a) fair and impartial practices in the hiring, evaluation and dismissal of employees, (b) administrative reviews, (c) institutional governance and management practices, (d) policies regarding student evaluation, and (e) improvements based on periodic assessments of institutional integrity (Standard 6); and (5) basic skills and enrollment management policies and procedures that (a) support and reflect the mission of the institution, (b) ensure that admitted students who marginally meet or do not meet the institution's qualifications achieve expected learning goals and higher education outcomes at appropriate points, and (c) makes use of periodic assessments of policies and procedures related to admission, remediation, retention, and graduation (Standard 8). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To note the institution's obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to any investigation(s) conducted by county, state, federal or other agencies. Copies of the report(s) that follow from any of these investigations must be submitted to the Commission within 10 business days of their completion. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
July 22, 2016: To note that an extension has been granted for the submission of a monitoring report, requested in the Commission's action of June 23, 2016, that provides evidence and documentation of ongoing institutional compliance with Standards 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. The monitoring report is now due September 1, 2016.
November 17, 2016: To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance), and Standard 8 (Student Admission and Retention). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 3, 4, and 8, including but not limited to evidence of the development and implementation of (1) adequate institutional controls to deal with financial operations, with evidence that rational policies and procedures for expenditure control are being consistently followed (Standard 3); (2) (a) procedures for the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance, including annual evaluations of the president and self-assessment by the Board, and the use of such assessment results to inform decision making and continuous improvement, and (b) a conflict of interest policy for the Board which ensures that potential conflicts are disclosed and that they do not interfere with the impartiality of Board members or outweigh the greater duty to secure the academic and fiscal integrity of the institution (Standard 4); and (3) a comprehensive enrollment management program, including the assessment of how effectively such practices support admission, retention, remediation, and related services (Standard 8). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. To note the institution's obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to any investigation(s) conducted by state, federal, or other agencies. Copies of the report(s) that follow from any of these investigations must be submitted to the Commission within 10 business days of their completion. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the institution will return to its established evaluation schedule.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022 - 2023

Date Printed: September 22, 2017

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at sc@msche.org) of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.