The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has recognized Middlesex Community College’s Meriden Center as an “additional instructional location.” With this new recognition, students can now complete a degree or certificate program at the Meriden Center. Prior to this, students could only complete fifty percent or less of a degree program at the Center before finishing their degree at the Middletown campus.
In order to align with NEASC’s standards to become an additional instructional location, the Center began providing students with the proper academic support required by the Commission. Since 2010, the College has added a full-time Meriden Center Director and three additional full-time positions: Director of Academic Initiatives, Retention Specialist, and Learning Lab Coordinator. Student support services such as academic advising, a learning lab, and library services are also available to students at the Meriden Center.
“This endorsement from NEASC gives our students better access to education,” said Adrienne Maslin, dean of students at MxCC. “Allowing students to start and finish a degree at the Meriden Center will remove obstacles some students face such as limited access to transportation or relying on public transportation to go back and forth between the Meriden Center and the Middletown campus.”
At a time when enrollment at the Meriden Center is at a peak since opening in 1978, the endorsement could not come at a better time. “With this recognition, we can better accommodate our growing student body,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC. “This recognition aligns with the college’s mission to provide high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population.”
“The Commission was pleased that the College has a well developed plan for the Meriden Center to increase student access to education,” said Barbara Brittingham, director/president of Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at NEASC.
The Meriden Center will now offer full degree programs in general studies and manufacturing. The College is also considering degree programs in business administration, criminal justice, early childhood education and human services for the future.