Greenfield Community College is committed to providing student consumer information as stipulated by the Federal Student Disclosure Requirements. Amendments to the U.S. Higher Education Act of 1998 require institutions participating in federally funded financial aid programs to make information about the institution available to current and prospective students. GCC is such an institution. Required consumer information about the following topics is posted at various places on our website:
- Accreditation – Greenfield Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and our accreditation is affirmed through December 2020. Selected programs are accredited by various professional organization.
- Clery Report – In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (more commonly known as The Clery Act), Greenfield Community College publishes an annual report that includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning crimes that occurred on college property and on public property immediately adjacent to, and accessible from, the campus.
- Family Education Rights and Privacy Act – FERPA states that facilities that maintain student educational records have the discretion to classify some information as “directory information” and to release only that information upon request.
- Financial Aid – This site provides comprehensive student financial aid information including a description of student aid programs, application procedures, eligibility criteria and rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial aid.
- Gainful employment program disclosure – This page provides students and potential students information about gainful employment for GCC certificate programs as prescribed by the U.S.Department of Education.
- Institutional Review Board – The Institutional Review Board works to ensure that the college meets the objectives of protecting people’s privacy, health and safety, and people’s ability to participate voluntarily in human subject research.
- Student Right-to-Know Act – GCC is required to report graduation rate data to the U.S. Department of Education annually. From among the first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who enrolled at GCC in fall 2012, 39% graduated or transferred to another institution by December 31, 2015. GCC’s 4-year average is 41%.
GCC has adopted the following statement to guide its reporting of information generated at the college regarding student success, academic performance and college efficiency:
GCC Statement on Institutional Transparency
GCC is committed to being transparent and open about information generated at the college regarding student success, academic performance, and college efficiency. We believe that information should be shared with appropriate stakeholders in a manner that emphasizes responsibility, accountability and context. Such information should be based upon performance indicators identified at the institutional level and be released in a manner whereby it:
- Is accessible, current, clear and consistent;
- Protects academic freedom;
- Safeguards against abuse and protects privacy;
- Complies with legal requirements;
- Promotes openness and timeliness.
Adopted by the GCC Assembly September 29, 2014
GCC is a public, 2-year, not-for–profit institution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.