Statement of Accreditation Status

Raritan Valley Community College

  • CEO: Dr. Michael McDonough, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Patrice Marks
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional » Two-year, medium
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): Somerset County College (7/24/1987)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1972
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2029-2030
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876

(908) 526-1200

www.raritanval.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 23, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To request a supplemental information report, due April 1, 2023, documenting (1) further implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V); (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V); and (3) further implementation of organized and systematic assessment of non-academic units (Standard VI). To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2029-2030.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, 500 Ward Ave, Bordentown, NJ 08505. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) Southern State Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections, Southern State Correctional Facility, 4295 Route. 47, Delmont, NJ 08314; (2) Bayside State Prison, Department of Correction, Bayside State Prison, 4293 Route 47, Leesburg, NJ 08327; and (3) New Jersey State Prison, Department of Correction, New Jersey State Prison, 600 Cass Street, Trenton, NJ 08625 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of April 18, 2018 regarding the self-study in preparation for the 2021-2022 evaluation visit.
  • April 18, 2018
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Self-Study Evaluation visit in 2021-2022, the institution provide further evidence of (1) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting the student experience linked to planning and decision-making (Standard IV); and (2) program level and general education student learning outcomes that are interrelated with one another (Standard V). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update, the institution provide further evidence of (1) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting the student experience linked to planning and decision-making (Standard IV); and (2) program level and general education student learning outcomes that are interrelated with one another (Standard V). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at Automotive Services Center, 382 U.S. 22, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the additional location at RVCC at Bridgewater, 14 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 as an instructional site and to include the change within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the Periodic Review Report has been received and will be acted upon by the Commission at the November meeting.
  • August 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution's accreditation the reclassification of the instructional sites at (1) Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, 500 Ward Avenue, Bordentown, NJ 08505; (2) East Jersey State Prison, 1100 Woodbridge Road, Rahway, NJ 07065; (3) Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, 55 Hogback Rd, Yardville, NJ 08620; (4) Northern State Prison, 168 Frontage Rd, Newark, NJ 07114; and (5) South Woods State Prison, 215 South Burlington Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302 as additional locations. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • November 19, 2015
    To note that the institution submitted a substantive change request for relocation of the Hunterdon Polytech Career Academy, 8 Bartles Corner Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 additional location in error and to reaffirm inclusion of the additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • January 5, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from Hunterdon Polytech Career Academy, 8 Bartles Corner Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 to Automotive Services Centers, 382 U.S. 22, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889 and to include the new additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that this action is not retroactive. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • March 5, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to reclassify the following instructional site as an additional location: Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility, 31 Petticoat Lane, Annandale, NJ 08801 and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope:
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Bayside State Prison
    Department of Corrections, Bayside State Prison, 4293 Rt. 47
    Leesburg, NJ 08327
  • Additional Location
    East Jersey State Prison
    1100 Woodbridge Road
    Rahway, NJ 07065
    Opened: 08/29/2016
  • Additional Location
    Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
    30 Route 513
    Clinton, NJ 08809
    Opened: 06/28/2011
  • Additional Location
    Garden State Youth Correctional Facility
    55 Hogback Rd
    Crosswicks, NJ 08515
    Opened: 08/29/2016
  • Additional Location
    New Jersey State Prison
    Department of Corrections, New Jersey State Prison, 600 Cass Street
    Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Additional Location
    Northern State Prison
    168 Frontage Rd
    Newark, NJ 07114
    Opened: 08/29/2016
  • Additional Location
    South Woods State Prison
    215 S Burlington Rd
    Bridgeton, NJ 08302
    Opened: 08/29/2016
  • Additional Location
    Southern State Correctional Facility
    4295 N Delsea Drive
    Delmont, NJ 08314
  • Additional Location
    William H. Fauver Youth Correctional Facility
    31 Petticoat Lane
    Annandale, NJ 08801
    Opened: 03/05/2013
  • Other Instructional Site
    Bound Brook High School
    111 W Union Ave
    Bound Brook, NJ 08805
  • Other Instructional Site
    Bridgewater- Raritan High School
    600 Garretson Rd
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807
  • Other Instructional Site
    Central Jersey Prep Charter School
    101 Mettlers Road
    Somerset, NJ 08873
  • Other Instructional Site
    Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Clinton EMS Training Room
    48 Old Highway 22, P.O. Box 5265
    Clinton, NJ 08809
  • Other Instructional Site
    Delaware Valley High School
    19 Senator Stout Road
    Frenchtown, NJ 08825
  • Other Instructional Site
    First Energy CorporationPower Systems Institute
    400 Lincoln Street
    Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
  • Other Instructional Site
    Franklin High School
    500 Elizabeth Ave
    Somerset, NJ 08873
  • Other Instructional Site
    High Tech High School- FRANK J. GARGIULO CAMPUS
    One High Tech Way
    Secaucus, NJ 07094
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hillsborough High School
    466 Raider Boulevard
    Hillsborough, NJ 08844
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hunterdon Central High School
    84 Route 31
    Flemington, NJ 08822
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hunterdon County Polytech Career Academy
    8 Bartles Corner
    Flemington, NJ 08822
  • Other Instructional Site
    Manville High School
    1100 Brooks Blvd
    Manville, NJ 08835
  • Other Instructional Site
    North Hunterdon High School
    1445 Route 31
    Annandale, NJ 08801
  • Other Instructional Site
    North Plainfield High School
    34 Wilson Avenue
    North Plainfield, NJ 07060
  • Other Instructional Site
    Ridge High School
    268 South Finley Aveue
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
  • Other Instructional Site
    Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
    110 Rehill Avenue
    Somerville, NJ 08876
  • Other Instructional Site
    Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy
    402 Roycefield Road
    Hillsborough, NJ 08844
  • Other Instructional Site
    Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School
    14 Vogt Drive
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807
  • Other Instructional Site
    Somerville High School
    222 Davenport St
    Somerville, NJ 08876
  • Other Instructional Site
    Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School
    150 Pierce Street
    Somerset, NJ 08873
  • Other Instructional Site
    Voorhees High School
    256 County Road 513
    Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

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