Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) passed a significant milestone on April 1st, 2020, as the college received official notification that the accrediting body accepted NPRC’s letter of intent to apply for regional accreditation.
“The accreditation process is a long and arduous one, and we are very pleased to have received this official notification,” said NPRC Founding President Joseph T. Nairn, D. Mgt. “The process of accreditation contains many steps; the first major milestone is to be accepted as an applicant for Candidate for Accreditation from the accrediting body. This notification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees,” said Nairn.
Why is Accreditation Important for Local Colleges?
- Enrolled students are eligible to receive federal and state grants, as well as loans
- College credits are more easily transferable to other institutions
- The quality of the school meets standards for excellence as established and reviewed by peer institutions
“Our comprehensive pre-candidacy application was approved in January and included data on curriculum, finances, student outcomes, and other institutional processes,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Linda Fleming, Ph.D. “Our next step is to apply for candidacy. For this step, institutions must also have students enrolled in and graduated from its own programs, complete a second substantial application, and host a peer review site visit from the accrediting body. We plan to submit our application for candidacy this summer.”
Northern Pennsylvania Regional College was established in May 2017. The college began operating as an independent institution in January 2020.