Higher Learning Commission reaccredits Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James has announced the findings of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation review of the College. In a letter to employees Jan. 15, James reported that all HLC criteria had been met and that the commission identified concerns consistent with those self-reported by MCC.

Those areas of concern include strategic planning and shared governance. MCC will continue to focus on those areas, include input college-wide and report progress as the work moves forward.

The chancellor also highlighted areas of the report that noted strengths, progress and  innovation, including assessment, zero-based budgeting, financial stability, the Chancellor’s Policy Review Committee, increases in hiring individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds in all employee groups, and overall diversity initiatives.

The HLC report included the review team’s collective impression that MCC employees are passionate in their desire to provide excellent higher education opportunities to the Greater Kansas City community.

James commended the many MCC employees who contributed to the successful accreditation review visit, including Dr. Michel Hillman, interim vice chancellor of academic affairs, for his leadership, and Cynthia Proctor, physics instructor and division chair for math, physics and communications at MCC-Maple Woods, for the many hours she devoted to preparing for the visit.

The chancellor also commended the criteria team leaders and members of the HLC steering committee and all staff, faculty and administrators who assisted in the college-wide effort.

The entire HLC report is available at blogs.mcckc.edu/mcchlc. Click “Metropolitan CC-Kansas City Final Report.”

MCC’s last system-wide accreditation visit was in 2005-06. But under the HLC program called Open Pathway, MCC’s next review comes up in four years. That one could be an “electronic review” of documents or a site visit like last November’s.

The review team visited three of MCC’s five campuses and held two days of meetings with various groups after reviewing an exhaustive “assurances argument” document written by dozens of MCC employees.