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July 16, 2013 Central Penn College reaffirmed accreditation

Central Penn College is pleased to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued a decision to reaffirm the college’s accreditation at the commission’s June 27 session. This decision was based on the College’s most recent self-study submission and team visit in March.   

“It is rewarding to hear that our peers recognize the career-focused and proven educational experience Central Penn College provides to its students,” says Interim President & CAO Melissa Vayda. “The Middle States standards help Central Penn focus on fulfilling the college’s mission, which is to provide an education that prepares students to obtain employment or advancement in their chosen field, continue their education and be contributing members of society.” 

The process of self study allows an institution to reflect on fulfillment of the institutional mission and to assess progress in other areas. The self-study process is a participatory process that involves gathering data, evaluating evidence and identifying opportunities for improvement. All area regionally accredited colleges and universities go through a normal decennial cycle of study by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Central Penn College has been engaged in its self study since January 1, 2011. In March, a review team made up of eight representatives from peer colleges and universities met with the Central Penn community—from students, faculty and staff to the board of directors—and assessed Central Penn’s alignment with the established standards, in light of Central Penn's mission.

“The College’s last self study was developed in 2001-2002, and reviewed in 2003,” says Vayda. “We have made great strategic, educational and procedural strides since that time, and I can clearly see a connection to where Central Penn is today in relationship to the guidance we received from the last visiting team. I am eager to look back 10 years from now and feel the same way.”

Since Central Penn’s last self study in 2003, the College has undergone significant transition and growth, including:

    • The addition of an advanced degree – Master of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership
    • Increased career-focused undergraduate degree offerings – 8 bachelor’s, 10 associate
    • Opening bachelor’s degree completion locations in Lancaster and the Lehigh Valley
    • Beginning to offer fully-online degree programs in 2005
    • The Education Foundation endowment raising more than $3 million for student scholarships
    • Implementation of a college advising program
    • Growing student enrollment from 560 to more than 1,200
    • Growth in enrollment of part-time, continuing education students and minority students
    • Addition of an assessment-based strategic planning process and further strengthening the faculty senate

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    Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering career-focused associate, bachelor's and master’s degrees in a variety of fields. Degree programs are available in: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 87.8 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu