Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation

Strategic Planning for Student Success

The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is one of nearly 3,000 schools around the world accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

To earn this rigorous accreditation, CTE successfully completed an intensive stakeholder survey, which includes self-study by staff, students, parents, component school district representatives. Such self-assessments are comprehensive and provide data to be used as a tool for continuous improvement and positive change.

To maintain that accreditation and prepare for a visit by a Middle States team in the spring of 2018, Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff, students, business partners and other stakeholders are involved in ongoing accreditation activities.

An ongoing, strategic planning process

The Middle States reaccreditation process is an ongoing, strategic planning effort, rather than a short-term preparation for the upcoming visit by the Middle States team. By becoming active in various subcommittees, the steering committee and by just voicing input into the self-study and planning efforts, Career & Tech staff, community members and students all help move our school in a positive direction.

The Middle States protocol is part of a strong, single plan for growth and improvement that uses multiple, rich sources of data and information, including:

  • New York State Education Department CTE Program Approval/Re-approval
  • BOCES CTE Quality Indicators
  • Collaboration with other BOCES (Joint Management Team)
  • Charting the Future, Senior Survey, Alumni Survey Research Projects
  • Middle States Self Study

According to the Middle States association, an accredited school:

  • Adheres to the Middle States Standards for Accreditation
  • Uses its mission, beliefs, and goals as the basis for daily decision-making
  • Operates in the public interest and in accordance with ethical practice
  • Accepts responsibility for the level of performance of its students
  • Remains committed to continuous improvement in student learning and to its capacity to produce the levels of learning desired and expected by its community
  • Operates in a collegial and collaborative way with all of its stakeholders
  • Sustains its focus on implementing recommendations, addressing monitoring issues and correcting stipulations that may be part of its notification of accreditation and fulfills its maintenance requirements to the Commissions

Why Accreditation?

The Middle States accreditation process provides school with the knowledge and processes necessary for implementing school improvement and achieving higher levels of student performance.

According to Middle States officials, research suggests the critical differences between schools that make the grade and those that struggle are the:

  • Degree to which the school clearly understands what it needs to do to improve
  • Extent to which the plan to improve is supported by school and community stakeholders
  • Capacity of, and commitment by, the school to implement and sustain its plan to improve over time

Middle States accreditation helps a school critically review its current performance, set a course for positive change and build the commitment and support necessary for significant and long-term improvement.

Accreditation helps ensure that schools are making the most efficient use of available resources. Middle States accredited schools are better positioned to use time, talent and money in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Notice of Evaluation for Accreditation

An accreditation evaluation team from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools is scheduled to be on the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School campus from March 19-22, 2018.

The accreditation team last visited CTE in 2012.

The Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools Standards for Accreditation for Career and Technology Institutions.

The Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools accepts comments from members of the institution’s stakeholder community with first-hand information pertaining to the institution’s qualifications for accreditation and will consider such comments when making its accreditation decision.

To be considered, comments must be in writing, include the printed name, address, and telephone number of the writer, and must be signed by the writer. Anonymous comments will not be considered.

Comments must be received not later than 30 days prior to the first day of the visit by the Evaluation Team and must be mailed to:
Deputy Executive Director
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104