Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (TSCT) is committed to diversity and inclusiveness and aggressively strives to serve a diverse student body. The founder of the College, Thaddeus Stevens, over one hundred years ago, ensured that this institution would serve a diverse student body when he stated, “No preference shall be shown on account of race or color in their admission or treatment. They shall be fed at the same table.” The College embraces this aspect of its heritage and has a minority enrollment that averages approximately 28%. In the 1970s, the College became co-educational and has a number of significant initiatives targeting the enrollment of female students. Diversity is a central theme that is woven into the fabric of the College through its heritage, mission, practices, and goals.
Accreditation is a voluntary activity initiated by the institution that requires a rigorous self-evaluation and an independent, objective appraisal of the overall educational quality by peers. It emphasizes quality assurance and a commitment to continuous quality enhancement. Activities are evaluated against criteria established by a nongovernmental accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission for Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is one of seven independent regional organization in the united states established to accredit degree-granting institutions of higher education The Self Study is comprised of institutional governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, student academic achievement, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with constituencies inside and outside the institution.
Being accreddited by MSCHE is a means of self-regulation and peer review by the educational community intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence while minimizing the scope of external control. It's an expression of confidence in an institution’s mission and goals, its performance, and its resources based upon the results of institutional review by peers and colleagues assigned by the Commission, accreditation attests to the judgment of the Commission on Higher Education that an institution has met the following criteria:
- Has a mission appropriate to higher education
- Is guided by well-defined and appropriate goals, including goals for student learning
- Has established conditions and procedures under which its mission and goals can be realized
- Assesses both institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes, and uses the results for improvement
- Is accomplishing its mission and goals substantially
- Is organized, staffed, and supported so that it can be expected to continue to accomplish its mission and goals
- Meets the Ten Requirements of Affiliation and Fourteen Accreditation Standards