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February 5, 2019

SMCC reaccredited for another decade by regional agency

Photo Courtesy / Southern Maine Community College
Photo Courtesy / Southern Maine Community College
Southern Maine Community College President Joe Cassidy said the school’s reaccreditation for another 10 years “assures that public that we are a high-quality institution delivering a high-quality education.”

About SMCC

Southern Maine Community College is the state's largest and oldest community college. Founded in 1946, it offers courses at its South Portland and Brunswick campuses, at community satellite locations and online. More than 40 degree programs are offered.

Southern Maine Community College received a good report card from the New England Commission of Higher Education, which reaccredited the school for another decade.

Accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education requires that institutions in the six New England states meet rigorous standards in areas that include administration, academic programs, faculty, students and facilities.

"Everybody at SMCC should be proud of our reaccreditation," SMCC President Joe Cassidy said in a news release. "We came through the process with flying colors. The reaccreditation assures the public that we are a high-quality institution delivering a high-quality education."

During the accreditation process, SMCC produced a 228-page self-study and large quantities of supporting data to illustrate how it complies with the accreditation agency's standards.

A visiting accreditation team spent three days in in-depth discussions with faculty, staff, students, administrators and trustees of both campuses, and repeatedly commended SMCC for its integrity, transparency, professionalism, collaboration, focus and data-informed progress, according to the release.

In its notification letter to Cassidy, the accreditation committee commended SMCC for submitting "a well-written and comprehensive study that demonstrates the many ways in which the College is achieving its mission by transforming lives and communities through education."

SMCC was last reaccredited in 2000, and the next comprehensive reaccreditation evaluation is scheduled for 2028.

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