Since September 2013, the administration, faculty, staff, students and a group of stakeholders of MACS have been preparing for the re-accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Middle States organization is an independent evaluator designed to assist schools in their journey for continuous improvement. The process is called the Middle States Accreditation for Growth or AFG. AFG is a method used by numerous schools to improve student and organizational performance through the protocol for accreditation. Accreditation provides a systematic process that requires MACS to question why it exists, to establish a vision of its future, and to determine specific objectives or steps for reaching that vision. This process will help establish priorities for improvement by using thorough data collection from a Middle States survey that was completed in the Fall of 2013-2014 school year. The survey was completed by the administration, faculty, staff, some students and parents of MACS.
The AFG process calls for MACS to identify student performance objectives that require school-wide student improvement. MACS created a Planning Team or Steering committee composed of the stakeholders. The Planning Team will work closely with the administration and faculty in conducting self-evaluations of student performance, facilities, educational programs, student activities, student services, learning media services, finance, school staff and administration utilizing criteria established by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The administration, faculty and Planning team started the AFG process by reviewing the Mission Statement at the school’s fall professional development days in September of 2013 and will continue the AFG process to assist in the development and implementation of action plans. These plans will direct the student body forward in a seven-year continuous improvement plan.
Why Become Accredited?
There is value associated with accreditation and there is an assumption that most, if not all schools are accredited. The reality is that not all schools are accredited. Accreditation is a valuable and prestigious achievement among traditional and nontraditional schools, colleges and universities throughout the world. Accreditation is the affirmation that a school provides a quality of education that the stakeholders have a right to expect and the education world endorses. Accreditation is a means of showing confidence in a school’s performance. When a school is accredited, it certifies that the school has met the prescribed qualitative standards of the Middle States Association within the terms of the school’s own Mission Statement and objectives.
What Are Accreditation Standards?
Middle States representative members conduct periodic reviews of the standards to be used for all accredited members. All member institutions are required to conduct a self-evaluation or self-study of those standards as part of the accreditation process. The self-study will serve as the lens through which accreditation decisions are made.
Foundational Standards: Standards addressing best practices in the components of a school that provide the foundations for quality in the education program, services, and results in terms of student learning.
- Standard 1: Philosophy/Mission
- Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
- Standard 3: School Improvement Planning
- Standard 4: Finances
- Standard 5: Facilities
- Standard 6: School Climate and Organization
- Standard 7: Health and Safety
- Standard 8: Educational Program
- Standard 9: Assessment
- Standard 10: Student Services
- Standard 11: Student Life & Student Services
- Standard 12: Information Resources & Technology
Important Documents: Evaluation Team Schedule | MACS Self Study