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Mission, Values, Accreditation

BCC Mission Statement

As the college founded to serve the needs of Berkshire County, the mission of Berkshire Community College is to place higher education within reach of all Berkshire County residents. BCC is committed to access, academic excellence, student success, and leadership in the community.

  • ... We will provide access to higher education by helping students overcome financial, physical, or social barriers;
  • ... We will hold the college to standards of academic excellence that prepare students for transfer or careers, and that foster a lifelong enthusiasm for learning;
  • ... We will promote student success by providing the resources and services students need to meet our academic standards and to achieve their personal and professional goals; and
  • ... We will provide leadership by convening and supporting collaborative efforts among community organizations, employers, and civic leaders by meeting the county's economic development needs, by serving as a center for cultural activities, and by providing learning opportunities for families and residents of all ages.

BCC Values

In recognition of its tradition and excellence in service, Berkshire Community College affirms the following values:

Integrity in the College Workplace.  Expect that the actions of all members of the college community are forthright and consistent with the college's mission.

Innovation. Promote an environment that encourages innovative thought and creative expression.

Community Engagement. Encourage all members of the college community to actively participate in the fulfillment of the college mission.

Respect for Differences. Foster an environment that respects and supports diversity and assures equity within the community.

Service. Maintain a community that demonstrates respect for growth, responsibility, and leadership through service to others.


Berkshire Community College is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission of Higher Education.

Following a comprehensive on-site evaluation in October 2009, the commission accredited BCC for 10 years, the maximum allowed. The next comprehensive evaluation will take place in Fall 2019.

The next comprehensive evaluation will take place in Fall 2019.


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