Lakewood, N.J., June 28, 2019—Georgian Court University meets all of the standards for being accredited, according to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The commission, through accreditation, mandates that its member institutions meet rigorous and comprehensive standards.
“More than two years of preparation and serious self-examination went into this effort,” said GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D. “While the Middle States accreditation review through self-study and subsequent evaluation team campus visit may only happen every eight years, the university works hard every day to deliver a valuable educational experience.”
The final Middle States report includes suggestions and a few recommendations, but no warnings.
“Earning the confidence of Middle States reflects all that our faculty, staff, and campus community do to ensure students can succeed in their careers and make meaningful contributions in the world,” said Dr. Marbach.
The Road to Re-Accreditation
In 2016, Sister Janet Thiel, Ph.D., Georgian Court’s assistant vice president for university assessment, reminded the GCU community its shared goal was “reaffirmation of accreditation.”
Sister Janet led the university’s re-accreditation process along with co-chair Timothy Briles, Ed.D., and a campus-wide steering committee. The 18-member group collaborated with dozens of campus contributors, and three faculty writers authored Georgian Court’s comprehensive self-study, which documents the many ways GCU meets Middle States’s accreditation standards. They are:
- Standard I: Mission and Goals
- Standard II: Ethics and Integrity
- Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Experience
- Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience
- Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment
- Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement
- Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration
In March 2019, just months after GCU introduced its new Strategic Compass, the accreditation organization sent a visiting team of experienced higher education leaders to evaluate Georgian Court University. The visiting team focused its attention on the ways GCU complies with the MSCHE Standards of Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.
The accreditation visit was GCU’s first since its 2009 decennial self-study. The evaluation included reading GCU’s exhaustive self-study; reviewing its documentation of the Standards and Requirements; and holding meetings with faculty, staff, and students.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,400 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35 undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. In 2018, GCU was named a Best College for Your Money by Money Magazine. GCU has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Colleges of Distinction and was one of about 100 colleges nationwide that made Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, GCU at Cumberland, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.