The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is one of six
regional agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to
conduct accreditation activities. Middle States is a membership
association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational
excellence. Accreditation through peer review provides for
self-governance and keeps the business of education in our control.
Middle States accreditation is reaffirmed through comprehensive
self-study every eight years.
The purpose of Self-Study is to remain an accredited degree
granting institution by documenting compliance with Middle States
standards as well as our value to the community and society. It is
also an opportunity for self-reflection, planning and improving an
For a quick overview of the Self-Study process, view this video.
In June 2018, following removal of warning and reaffirmation of
accreditation, the Commission requested a second monitoring report,
due April 1, 2019, demonstrating the sustainability of implemented
corrective measures and documented use of assessment results to
improve educational effectiveness. The report was submitted
ahead of schedule on 3/29/2019. It will be reviewed at Middle
States by a Follow-up Committee in May and then by the full
Commission on June 26-27. CCAC will receive formal notice of
the Commission's findings after July 4, 2019. The second Monitoring Report is here for your review.
In June 2017, the Middle States Commission requested a
monitoring report, due March 1, 2018, documenting that the
institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with
Standard 14, including evidence of an organized and systematic
student learning assessment process. Significant effort and
resources were dedicated to achieving this result. The final draft
of CCAC's first Monitoring
Report is here for your reference. A Middle States Evaluation
Team visited the College on March 19 to 21, 2018, and on June 21,
2018, the Commission removed the warning because the institution is
now in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning)
and reaffirmed accreditation.
The Middle States Evaluation Team conducted their visit on March 19-22, 2017 and prepared an evaluation team report. Middle States requires institutions to make the report readily available or to distribute it as widely as possible on campus, because the report is addressed to an institution’s entire constituency.The report is intended to stimulate further discussion and action within the institution. The report should be studied open-mindedly and seriously by appropriate constituencies, because it is the thoughtful product of qualified and trained professionals. However, the evaluation team report is not the final step in the evaluation process; it is only the report of the team that visited the institution. We will be informed of the Commission's decision by the end of June 2017.
The Final Self-Study Report has been completed and it is posted here to allow for broad-based institutional review. Please take advantage of this opportunity to review the work of the Self-Study Steering Committee and the over one-hundred of your peers who served on Self-Study Working Groups. The report and supporting materials have already been sent to the members of our Middle States Evaluation Team. With the Self-Study Report complete, our institutional focus now turns to planning for the Evaluation Team Visit which takes place March 19-22, 2017.
The steering committee is responsible for providing leadership to the entire self-study process. Ultimately hundreds of CCAC employees and stakeholders will participate in the self-study process.