Greenfield Community College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states. GCC’s accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2020. Greenfield Community College has demonstrated that it meets the Commission’s nine Standards for Accreditation and complies with its policies. In fall 2013 GCC received general approval from CIHE to offer distance education programming within the scope of its mission. GCC is a Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid eligible institution.
Greenfield Community College is also accredited or approved by specialized accrediting bodies. Specialized accreditation or approval encourages program improvement by applying specific accreditation requirements to measure characteristics of a program and by evaluating the overall quality of a program. GCC programs are accredited or approved by the following:
- Associate Degree Program in Nursing—accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
- Certificate Program in Outdoor Leadership—accredited by the Association for Experiential Education
- Certificate Program in Paramedic—accredited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Office for Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) and by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
- Certificate Program in Practical Nursing—approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
- Associate Degree Program in Early Childhood Education—approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Certificate Program in Medical Assistant is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
- NEASC 2021 Accreditation Letter
- NEASC Florence Location Acceptance Letter 2-9-16
- NEASC Fifth-Year Accreditation Letter 12-3-15
- NEASC Distance Education Progress Report Acceptance Letter 10-24-14
- NEASC Progress and Distance Education Reports Acceptance Letter 10-21-13
- NEASC Distance Education Report Acceptance Letter 11-15-12
- NEASC 2011 Accreditation Letter
Greenfield Community College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit in March 2021 by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC).
The New England Commission of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.
GCC has been accredited by the Commission since 1966 and was last reviewed in 2010. Its accreditation by the Commission encompasses the entire institution.
For the past year and a half, GCC has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:
Public Comment on Greenfield Community College
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Public comments must be received by March 10, 2021. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.