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HLC stands for the “Higher Learning Commission.” HLC has agreed to fulfill specific federally defined responsibilities within the accreditation processes to assure quality in higher education for the students who benefit from federal financial aid programs.
Accreditation is a universally acknowledged standard of institutional quality. Specifically, HLC sets out five criteria, which demonstrate institutional effectiveness. The five criteria are:
2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct;
3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support;
4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement;
5. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
Accreditation by HLC provides assurance to the public that the College has met the established criteria and the evidence indicates that the College will continue to meet them. Jefferson was first accredited by HLC in 1969. The HLC Team of peer reviewers will be at Jefferson College March 11-12, 2019.
Re-accreditation is important! For example:
- Jefferson College transfer courses will continue to be accepted by other colleges.
- Students will continue to have the opportunity to apply for federal financial aid, such as Pell grants.
- Students will be assured that they are receiving a high quality education.