HLC Accreditation 2024

The HLC accreditation process is designed to ensure quality throughout the institution and compliance with federal and state regulations. Accreditation is required for federal funding and transferability of curriculum, from degrees, certificates and licenses, through to individual courses. A critical part of the accreditation process involves the College establishing that it meets the standards of quality by which HLC determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation; the standards of quality are known as the criteria for accreditation. The process culminates with an evaluation team site visit.

Accreditation Criteria

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requires Terra State Community College to meet established criteria and follow the ten-year Open Pathways accreditation cycle. To be fully accredited, Terra State will provide evidence that we meet the five HLC criteria and each criterion’s subcomponents.

Find more information about the five criteria here

HLC Ten-Year Open Pathway Accreditation Timeline

The Open Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining their accreditation for the HLC. It follows a 10-year cycle and, like all pathways, is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement.

Preparing for the HLC Visit