STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: (610) 861-5300; Fax: (610) 861-8577
www.northampton.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Mark H. Erickson, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 10666 Undergraduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State and Local- Pennsylvania Dept of Education & Northampton County School Districts
Carnegie Classification: Associate's - Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Degrees Offered: Postsecondary Certificate (< 1 year), Postsecondary Certificate (>=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)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: 2411 Route Route 715, Tannersville, PA; Monroe County Branch Campus, Tannersville, PA
Additional Locations: Fowler Family Southside Center, Bethlehem, PA; Monroe Career and Technical Institute, Bartonsville, PA; NCC Pocono Corporate Center East, Tobyhanna, PA; Pike/Wayne Center, Hawley, PA
Other Instructional Sites: Bangor High School, Bangor, PA; Easton Hospital, Easton, PA; Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton, PA; Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, PA; Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ; 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; Northampton County Fire School, Bangor, PA; Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, PA; Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Allentown, Allentown, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA; St. Luke's Hospital North, Bethlehem, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Quakertown, Quakertown, PA; St. Luke's Hospital Warren, Phillipsburg, NJ; Tannersville Center, Tannersville, PA
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1970
Last Reaffirmed: November 18, 2010

Most Recent Commission Action:
March 3, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to approve the relocation of the branch campus from 205 Old Mill Road, Tannersville, PA 18372 to 2411 Route 715, Tannersville, PA 18372. To include the new branch campus provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations at the site. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this site. In the event that operations at this site do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution of the request that the next self-study, in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2014-2015, further document strategic planning processes that incorporate the use of assessment results (Standard 2).

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 18, 2010: To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2012, documenting (1) linkages between strategic planning, institutional assessment, and budgeting (Standard 2), and (2) implementation of an assessment process for general education, including development of measurable student learning outcomes (Standards 12 and 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
March 3, 2011: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at Pike/Wayne Center, 54 Main Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2012, documenting (1) linkages between strategic planning, institutional assessment, and budgeting (Standard 2), and (2) implementation of an assessment process for general education, including development of measurable student learning outcomes (Standards 12 and 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
November 1, 2011: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional locations at Lehigh Valley Industrial Park IV, 3894 Courtney St., Suite 130, Bethlehem, PA 18017, and Shohola Center, 837 Route 6, Unit 6, Shohola, PA 18458 and to remove the locations from the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request for a progress report, due April 1, 2012, documenting (1) linkages between strategic planning, institutional assessment, and budgeting (Standard 2), and (2) implementation of an assessment process for general education, including development of measurable student learning outcomes (Standards 12 and 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
June 28, 2012: To accept the progress report and to request that the next self-study, in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2014-15, further document strategic planning processes that incorporate the use of assessment results (Standard 2).
January 2, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the certificate program in Licensed Massage Therapy within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request that the next self-study, in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2014-15, further document strategic planning processes that incorporate the use of assessment results (Standard 2). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2014 - 2015

Next Periodic Review Report: 2020

Date Printed: April 18, 2014

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution. The location is independent if the location: 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.

Additional Location - A location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program. 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.

Other Instructional Sites - A location, other than a branch campus or additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit.

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."

EXPLANATION OF COMMISSION ACTIONS

An institution's accreditation continues unless it is explicitly suspended or removed. In addition to reviewing the institution's accreditation status at least every 5 years, actions are taken for substantive changes (such as a new degree or geographic site, or a change of ownership) or when other events occur that require review for continued compliance. Any type of report or visit required by the Commission is reviewed and voted on by the Commission after it is completed.

In increasing order of seriousness, a report by an institution to the Commission may be accepted, acknowledged, or rejected.

Levels of Actions:

Grant or Re-Affirm Accreditation without follow-up

Defer a decision on initial accreditation: The institution shows promise but the evaluation team has identified issues of concern and recommends that the institution be given a specified time period to address those concerns.

Postpone a decision on (reaffirmation of) accreditation: The Commission has determined that there is insufficient information to substantiate institutional compliance with one or more standards.

Continue accreditation: A delay of up to one year may be granted to ensure a current and accurate representation of the institution or in the event of circumstances beyond the institution’s control (natural disaster, U.S. State Department travel warnings, etc.)

Recommendations to be addressed in the next Periodic Review Report: Suggestions for improvement are given, but no follow-up is needed for compliance.

Supplemental Information Report: This is required when a decision is postponed and are intended only to allow the institution to provide further information, not to give the institution time to formulate plans or initiate remedial action.

Progress report: The Commission needs assurance that the institution is carrying out activities that were planned or were being implemented at the time of a report or on-site visit.

Monitoring report: There is a potential for the institution to become non-compliant with MSCHE standards; issues are more complex or more numerous; or issues require a substantive, detailed report. A visit may or may not be required.

Warning: The Commission acts to Warn an institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy when the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and a follow-up report, called a monitoring report, is required to demonstrate that the institution has made appropriate improvements to bring itself into compliance. Warning indicates that the Commission believes that, although the institution is out of compliance, the institution has the capacity to make appropriate improvements within a reasonable period of time and the institution has the capacity to sustain itself in the long term.

Probation: The Commission places an institution on Probation when, in the Commission’s judgment, the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and that the non-compliance is sufficiently serious, extensive, or acute that it raises concern about one or more of the following:

  1. the adequacy of the education provided by the institution;
  2. the institution’s capacity to make appropriate improvements in a timely fashion; or
  3. the institution’s capacity to sustain itself in the long term.

Probation is often, but need not always be, preceded by an action of Warning or Postponement. If the Commission had previously postponed a decision or placed the institution on Warning, the Commission may place the institution on Probation if it determines that the institution has failed to address satisfactorily the Commission’s concerns in the prior action of postponement or warning regarding compliance with Commission standards. This action is accompanied by a request for a monitoring report, and a special visit follows. Probation may, but need not always, precede an action of Show Cause.

Suspend accreditation: Accreditation has been Continued for one year and an appropriate evaluation is not possible. This is a procedural action that would result in Removal of Accreditation if accreditation cannot be reaffirmed within the period of suspension.

Show cause why the institution's accreditation should not be removed: The institution is required to present its case for accreditation by means of a substantive report and/or an on-site evaluation. A "Public Disclosure Statement" is issued by the Commission.

Remove accreditation. If the institution appeals this action, its accreditation remains in effect until the appeal is completed.

Other actions are described in the Commission policy, "Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation."