Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Garrett College
    Mchenry, MD
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Richard Midcap, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional » Two-year, small
  • Control:
    Public
  • Former Name(s):
    Garrett Community College
  • Address:
    687 Mosser Road
    Mchenry, MD 21541
  • Phone:
    (301) 387-3000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mrs. Kelli Sisler
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1975
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Career Technology Training Center
116 Industrial Park Drive
Accident, MD 21520
Additional Location
7 Springs Zip-line
777 Water Wheel Dr
Champion, PA 15622
Other Instructional Site
Adventure Sports Center International
250 Adventure Sports Way
McHenry, MD 21541
Other Instructional Site
Backbone Mountain Youth Center
124 Camp 4 Road
Swanton, MD 21561
Other Instructional Site
Canaan Mt.
200 Sycamore Street
Elkins, WV 26241
Other Instructional Site
Career Technology Training Center (CTTC)
116 Industrial Park Drive
Accident, MD 21520
Other Instructional Site
Cooper's Rock (includes WVU Challenge Course )
61 County Line Drive
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
Other Instructional Site
Deep Creek State Park
898 State Park Rd
Swanton, MD 21561
Other Instructional Site
Dolly Sod
Monongahela National Forest
Elkins, WV 26241
Other Instructional Site
Dry Fork of the Cheat
?
Hendricks, WV 26271
Other Instructional Site
Experience Learning
Price Way, 18 Woodlands Way,
Circleville26804, WV 26804
Other Instructional Site
Frostburg State University (Climbing Wall)
Department of Parks & Recreation Harold Cordts Building 101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Other Instructional Site
Mill Run (River)
Mill Run Road
Friendsville, MD 21531
Other Instructional Site
Monkey Business
970 Deep Creek Dr
McHenry, MD 21541
Other Instructional Site
Northern High School
86 Pride Pkwy
Accident, MD 21520
Other Instructional Site
Northern Outreach Center
12601 National Pike
Grantsville, MD 21536
Other Instructional Site
Oakland Country Club
433 N. Bradley Lane
Oakland, MD 21550
Other Instructional Site
Okefenokee Swamp State Park
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd
Waycross, GA 31503
Other Instructional Site
Rivers in Selbysport MD
?
Selbysport, MD 21531
Other Instructional Site
Seneca Rocks
648 Allegheny Dr
Seneca Rocks, WV 26884
Other Instructional Site
Southern High School
345 Oakland Dr
Oakland, MD 21550
Other Instructional Site
Southern Outreach Center
14 North 8th
Oakland, MD 21550
Other Instructional Site
Timberline Four Seasons Ski Resort
254 Four Seasons Dr
Davis, WV 26260
Other Instructional Site
White Grass Ski Touring Center
643 Weiss Knob Road
Davis, WV 26260
Other Instructional Site
White Mountain National Forest
71 White Mountain Dr
Campton, NH 03223
Other Instructional Site
Wilderness Emergency Institute
3716 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
Other Instructional Site
Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541
Other Instructional Site
Z-Rapids (River)
381 Bridge
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. To request a supplemental information report, due April 1, 2021, documenting: (1) the alignment of the institution’s mission and goals (Standard I); (2) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V); and (3) financial planning and budget processes that are aligned with mission, goals and objectives and are evidence-based (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. To note that the evaluation visit has been conducted and will be acted upon at the Commission’s June meeting.
  • April 18, 2018
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission representatives. To request that, in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Institutional Update and in preparation for the Self-Study Evaluation visit in 2019-2020, the institution: (1) provide further evidence that the institution supports and sustains the assessment of student achievement and communicates results to stakeholders, and (2) further develop an assessment of general education (Standard V); (3) provide further evidence of the use of assessment results for improvement of institutional effectiveness, and (4) provide further evidence that assessment results are linked to planning and resource allocation (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission representatives. To request that, beginning in 2019, in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update, the institution: (1) provide further evidence that the institution supports and sustains the assessment of student achievement and communicates results to stakeholders, and (2) further develop an assessment of general education (Standard V); (3) provide further evidence of the use of assessment results for improvement of institutional effectiveness, and (4) provide further evidence that assessment results are linked to planning and resource allocation (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 22, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at the Career Technology Training Center, 116 Industrial Park Drive, Accident, MD 21520 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of November 17, 2016 for a monitoring report due September 1, 2017. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2017, documenting further development and implementation of (1) a comprehensive, organized and sustained process to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services and to inform planning, resource allocation and institutional renewal (Standard 7); and (2) an organized and sustained assessment process that provides direct evidence of the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, including outcomes for general education, with evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning at all levels of the curriculum (Standards 12 and 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at the Career Technology Training Center, 116 Industrial Park Drive, Accident, MD 21520 as an additional location and to provisionally include the additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of November 19, 2015 for a monitoring report due October 1, 2016. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2016, documenting further development and implementation of (1) a comprehensive, organized and sustained process to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services and to inform planning, resource allocation and institutional renewal (Standard 7); (2) carefully articulated and equitable procedures and criteria for reviewing all individuals who have responsibility for the educational program of the institution (Standard 10); and (3) an organized and sustained assessment process that provides direct evidence of the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, including outcomes for general education, with evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning at all levels of the curriculum (Standards 12 and 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).