What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is the primary process for assuring and improving the quality of higher education. Accredited colleges and programs meet or exceed the criteria of educational quality. The accreditation process is voluntary system of peer-review. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Accreditation is designed to both assure quality and foster improvement.
York County Community College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. Accreditation by NECHE indicates that the college meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. NECHE is one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. NECHE accreditation applies to the institution as a whole.
Accreditation is subject to continual review. Each accredited institution must go through the process of reaccreditation at least every ten years. Reaccreditation is a three part process that includes the institutional self-study, a site-visit by a team of peers from similar accredited institutions and then action of the commission based on their review of the self-study and visiting team's report. YCCC began the 10 year reaccreditation process of a self-study in the fall of 2017 with a site-visit by the peer review team in October of 2019. In the spring of 2020, the Commission continued YCCC's accreditation status.