Accreditation FAQs

Q: What is Accreditation? 

Accreditation approves institutions of higher education and academic programs offerings. This process involves the institution adopting and adhering to a collection of evaluation standards, set forth by an accreditation agency in the United States. Accreditation by these bodies ensures the higher learning institution meets specific requirements. Once granted, the institution receives full accreditation and this designation is widely recognized, by organizations such as the Federal Department of Education.

Q: What is reaccreditation?

Colleges and universities in the Middle States region are reevaluated every five years, but Commission staff members also monitor each institution to determine if special circumstances require more frequent evaluations. The most comprehensive reevaluation occurs approximately every 10 years after an institution’s initial accreditation. This comprehensive reaccreditation is based upon a report that the institution prepares called a self-study report.

Q: What is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education?

Middle States is a shorthand reference for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education recognize Middle States as one of several regional accreditation authorities. Middle States accredits institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations abroad.

Q: What is BCCC doing to remove the warning status?

BCCC has on its leadership team an academic liaison officer who is fully engaged with the Commission and works with faculty and staff to address the issues cited. We take these matters very seriously and have established a structure to ensure that the institution is being effective in accomplishing its mission: to produce college-and career-ready individuals to serve the city, the state and beyond. BCCC will continue to provide quality education and training programs, and resources to the over 18,000 students that it serves.

Q: What are the grounds for the Commission’s decision?

The Commission’s Public Disclosure Statement and most recent Commission action can be found at

Q: Is Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) open?

Yes, BCCC remains open and accredited. We invite you to apply and enroll in credit and non-credit classes for the fall semester.

Q: Will BCCC be open during the Fall 2014 semester.

Yes, we are open, accredited and currently enrolling students.

Q: Are students enrolling for classes for Fall 2014?

Yes. We are open, accredited and currently enrolling students.

Q: Am I still eligible for financial aid?

Yes. Students eligible for financial aid will still receive that aid. There is no change to financial aid eligibility or veterans educational benefits.

Q: How does the Middle States decision effect non-credit students?

BCCC remains open and accredited. We invite you to apply and enroll in credit and non-credit classes for the Fall 2014 semester.

Q: What will happen to transfer students?

Transferable BCCC units will transfer and are accepted by colleges and universities as recognized units from an accredited institution.

More Information:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Standards from (MSCHE)

Characteristics of Excellence from (MSCHE)

BCCC Accredited Programs