Houghtaling and Downey: Brookdale Too Vital To Lose Accreditation

In response to reports that Brookdale Community College is at risk of losing a key accreditation, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

“Brookdale Community College is an important institution here in Monmouth County. We cannot afford for this campus to lose its accreditation and derail the education of thousands of New Jersey’s students. We must do everything we can to support Brookdale as it proves its compliance,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

“A loss of accreditation for this vital institution threatens the federal aid funding of 14,000 students. We cannot allow this to happen,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “We urge The Middle States Commission to give Brookdale Community College the opportunity to provide sufficient evidence that it is in compliance with ethical and integrity standards, as well as educational effectiveness standards.”

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which reviews colleges and universities, notified Brookdale in June that it had insufficient evidence that the school was meeting two of its standards related to ethics and integrity, and assessing educational effectiveness. The Middle States Commission gave Brookdale until March 1 to show the school was in compliance.

Brookdale officials have stated in the press that they are fully engaged in addressing The Middle States Commission's concerns and have stated that all issues will be resolved by the March deadline, according to recent reports.

Accreditation is an endorsement a school receives showing prospective students the school’s education curriculum meets a minimum quality level recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation is required for all federal and most state student financial aid.

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