Grove City College has had its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed.
The Commission made its decision Nov. 21 on the strength of the College’s Periodic Review Report submitted earlier this year. The review process is an exhaustive, top-to-bottom examination of the College’s academic, administrative and admissions policies, financial well-being and student services, providing a realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the institution.
The review is a crucial step in the accreditation process that colleges and universities participate in to receive the Middle States’ seal of approval. The process for Grove City College began in 2008 with a self-study evaluation and culminated in the submission of the report.
The College’s Periodic Review Report was prepared by a large faculty and staff team led by Dr. Gary Welton, chair, and Dr. Michelle McFeaters and Dr. Tim Homan, co-chairs. Their conclusion: “This report paints a picture of an institution with a strong academic program, with a solid financial foundation, that has successfully defined its niche in the market.”
The report was first reviewed by Michael J. Fisher, provost and vice president for academic affairs, St. Bonaventure University, and Patrick R. Progar, vice president for academic affairs, Caldwell College. They said: “Grove City College has continued to make significant progress over the past five years. Although it has suffered, along with many other institutions, through the difficult economic environment of the last few years, it has continued to weather the storm better than many, with a continued focus on and commitment to its core mission.”