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Middle States Accreditation

MSCHE Self-Study

MSCHE - Self Study Overview

Institutional Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), serves as an independent authority in the realm of higher education.

MSCHE Website

Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Niagara County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166 Wilmington, DE 19801 (267-284-5000) Home – Middle States Commission on Higher Education ( MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Niagara County Community College’s accreditation status is “Accreditation Reaffirmed”.

    • Accreditation was first Granted in 1970
    • Accreditation was last Reaffirmed in 2016
    • SUNY Niagara’s Next Self-Study Evaluation is 2024-2025

MSCHE Self-Study to reaffirm accreditation

Timeline of Major Events of the Process (As indicated in the Self-Study Design)

MSCHE Action
(goal is of course reaffirmation of MSCHE
Peer Evaluation review Team – Site Visit
(Entire Campus Community, specific representatives
s requested by the Site Visit Team )
Spring 2025
Final Self-Study Report Due
Please consult additional “Preparation and
Completion Timeline” document for further details
eer Evaluation Team Chair Preliminary Visit
(Steering Committee and Campus Community as
Late Spring 2024
Peer Evaluation Team Chair Selection Begins
Self-Study Design DueMay 2023
Self Study Design Review Visit MSCHE VP liaison
and Steering Committee
Video Conference with Middle States VP Liaison
elf-Study Institute - Complete (Steering

Self-Study Preparation and Completion Timeline Details

(As indicated in the Self-Study Design)

June/November 2025   - MSCHE Commission Action
February – May 2025 - Confirm Peer Review Evaluation Team Visit (Before 4/15 for November Action)
- Visit Highlights
- Peer Review Team Completes Review and Report
- Peer Review Team Chair and President review findings
- Campus Oral Summary P (no Q&A)
- Create Institutional Response, if needed
February – March 2025 - Final Self-Study Report/ Verification of Compliance/Evidence Inventory uploaded to MSCHE portal (due six weeks before team visit)
December 2024/January 2025   - Self-Study Report finalized based on Team Chair feedback
- Self-Study Report shared with campus
November 2024   - Self-Study Report draft sent to Peer Review Team Chair (two weeks before preliminary visit)  
- Peer Review Team Chair’s Preliminary Visit  
Spring/Fall 2024 - Self-Study campus review and revisions - Self-Study Steering Committee and Evidence and Data Working Group meet as needed
Winter 2023/Spring 2024  - Full draft of report sent to campus community
- Peer Review Team Chair chosen  
- Review visit dates chosen  
- Final/Accepted Self-Study document sent to Chair
- Self-Study Steering Committee and Evidence and Data Working Group meet as needed
Spring/Fall 2023- Working Groups gather and analyze data and submit progress reports to Steering Committee - Continue regular Self-Study Steering Committee and Evidence and Data Working Group meetings
- Chapter drafts begin to be shared with campus community
Summer 2023 - Continue regular Self-Study Steering Committee and Evidence and Data Working Group meetings
Spring/Summer 2023  - Plan for acceptance/revisions of Self-Study Design - Begin Evidence and Data Working Group meetings
- Continue regular Self-Study Steering Committee meetings
March 2023   - Host on campus Commission Staff Liaison Self-Study prep visit
- Distribute Self-Study Design to campus
- Update Steering Committee Working Group memberships with additional volunteers
- Continue regular Self-Study Steering Committee meetings
February 2023 Assemble Working Groups (draw from volunteer forms)
- Develop initial Self-Study Draft
- Submit Self-Study Design draft (mid-February, 2 weeks prior to Self-Study prep visit)  
- Update Trustees on Middle States effort - Continue regular Self-Study Steering Committee meetings
January 2023- Participate in a (remote) meeting with Commission staff liaison
- Develop (draft) sections of the Self-Study Design
- Present Middle States Self-Study effort at All College meeting
- Present Middle States Self-Study effort at Trustee meeting
- Continue regular Self-Study Steering Committee meetings
December 2022- Complete Self-Study Institute
- Assemble and finalize Steering Committee membership
- Draft outline of Self-Study Design 
- Begin regular Self-Study Steering Committee meetings
October 2022- Attend Self-Study Institute 
- Steering Committee Leadership Group begins regular, monthly meetings
July 2022 - Begin Middle States preparation (document review, post resources, etc.)
- Begin development of an evidence ‘staging’ area
May 2022 Set up the Middle States Accreditation Teams portal

Committee Structure


Lydia Ulatowski

Accreditation Liaison Officer

Fabio Escobar

Fabio Escobar

Steering Committee Co-chairs

Andrew Yeager

Steering Committee Co-chairs

Dr. Matthew ClarcqProfessor of History
Mr. Kevin ClarkMember of NCCC’s Board of Trustees
Mr. Wayne LynchVice President of Administration
Ms. Alissa Shugats-CummingsVice President of Student Services
Mr. Scott Steiner CCE, AACProfessor of Culinary Art
Dr. Deborah Wyzykiewicz, DPT, MS, PTProfessor of Physical Therapist Assistant Program and Massage Therapy
Dr. Akie YanagiCoordinator of Institutional Research
Standard I & VII Working Group Co-Chairs
Brian MichelAssistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
Diane Pytlik-FlammiaAssistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing, Physical & Allied Health
Robert MorrisChair and Professor, Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Elizabeth SachsFaculty Senate President; Professor of English
John D. Strong Associate Professor of HPE; Chief Diversity & Equity Officer
Sabrina FasoRecruitment Coordinator/Enrollment Center
Matt ClarcqSSSC Liaison
Standard II Working Group (Verification of Federal Compliance) Chair
Christine DuquinDirector of Child Development Center
Julie SchuckerRegistrar
Andrew AquinoLibrarian/Instructor – Henrietta G. Lewis Library
Hal LeggDirector of Public Relations & Event Management
Austin BrassDirector of Admissions
James TrimboliDirector of Financial Aid
Jonathan BellomoAssistant Director of Human Resources
Alissa Shagats-CummingsSSSC Liaison
Standard III and V Working Group Chair
Michele BurkeClinical Coordinator and Instructor – Radiologic Technology Professor
Anne JowseyMathematics and Science Instructor
Lindsey BaxMedical Assistant and Phlebotomy Assistant Professor
Katherine CroomPsychology Associate Professor
Lindsay Rose Chemistry and Chair of Curriculum Committee
Robert BorgattiProfessor, Animation and Digital Media
Laura ScarpelliAssistant Professor, Computer Information Systems
Donna Simiele Online Learning Technology Support Coordinator
Deb Wyzykiewicz SSSC Liaison
Standard IV Working Group Co-Chairs
Jean LinnChair – Henrietta G. Lewis Library and Assistant Professor/Librarian
Sandra Lynn LytleInterim Director of the Academic Center for Excellence
Glory Fox Online Learning Student Support Specialist

Seana Sullivan Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts
Laura Kowalczyk Academic Coach, Academic Center for Excellence
Dr. Demetrius Sarigiannis Assistant Professor, Engineering Sciences

Jennifer CrandallSenior Library Clerk
Gretchen Mittelstaedt Administrative Assistant, Student Services
Alissa Shugats-Cummings SSSC Liaison
Standard VI Working Group Chair
John EichnerDirector of Business Services & Executive Director of College Association
Josh BlumbergAssistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and NFCI Campus Manager
Dr. Akie YanagiDirector of Research, Planning, and Institutional Assessment
Suman BaralInstructor, Physics
Steven HooverDirector of Finance & Business Operations – College Association of NCCC, Inc.
Lisa DubucCoordinator of Online Learning
Catherine BrownAssistant VP of Human Resources
Christopher HerbeckAssistant Director of Grants
Wayne LynchSSSC Liaison