STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS
NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: (610) 861-5300; Fax: (610) 861-8577
|Chief Executive Officer:||Dr. Mark H. Erickson, President|
|Enrollment (Headcount):||10269 Undergraduate|
|Affiliation:||Government-State and Local- Pennsylvania Dept of Education & Northampton County School Districts|
|2015 Carnegie Classification:||Associate's Colleges - Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional|
|Approved Degree 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 Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation ; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation ; American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education ; Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology|
|Other Accreditors: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS); National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals (approved by)|
|Branch Campuses: Monroe County Branch Campus, Tannersville, PA|
|Additional Locations: Fowler Family Southside Center, Bethlehem, PA|
|Other Instructional Sites: Bangor High School, Bangor, PA; Easton Hospital, Easton, PA; Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton, PA; Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, PA; Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA; Lehigh Valley Hospital 17 & Chew, Allentown, PA; Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown, PA; Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, PA; Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, PA; Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Allentown, Allentown, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Anderson, Easton, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA; St. Luke's Hospital North, Bethlehem, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Quakertown, Quakertown, PA|
|Status: Member since 1970|
|Last Reaffirmed: June 25, 2015|
Most Recent Commission Action:
|June 29, 2015:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at Monroe Career and Technical Institute, Laural Lake Drive, Bartonsville, PA 18321-0066. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) fair and impartial processes, published and widely available, to address student grievances (Standard 6); (2) steps taken to review associate degree program requirements to ensure that they are of sufficient depth and rigor and have an appropriate number of offerings at the 200-level (Standard 11); and, (3) the implementation of an organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve overall institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.|
Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
|June 25, 2015:||To reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2017, further documenting (1) fair and impartial processes, published and widely available, to address student grievances (Standard 6); (2) steps taken to review associate degree program requirements to ensure that they are of sufficient depth and rigor and have an appropriate number of offerings at the 200-level (Standard 11); and, (3) the implementation of an organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve overall institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.|
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024 - 2025
Date Printed: January 17, 2017
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 email@example.com) 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.