Destination - 2023

Welcome to SCC’s accreditation website! The College is preparing for its reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission in 2022-2023.



Accreditation in higher education is a process of external quality review to ensure that a college or university meets established standards. Accreditation involves a comprehensive evaluation on how the college is meeting standards and a review of the college by trained peer reviewers who evaluate the college's efforts at maintaining standards.



SCC maintains accreditation with HLC by following the Open Pathway. Every 10 years SCC goes through a full reaffirmation process called the comprehensive evaluation. There are three main components of the comprehensive evaluation:  

  1. Collection of evidence on how SCC meets HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation

  2. Submission of a written report called the Assurance Argument (written report)  

  3. On-site visit by HLC’s peer reviewers 

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As a result of SCC’s 2017 Assurance Review, SCC entered into a formal agreement with the Higher Learning Commission to make progress on six areas of improvement identified in the Team Report by its next comprehensive evaluation in 2022-2023. The College annually reports to HLC progress made on the identified areas of improvement through this proactive partnership.


Shawna's Shout-Outs

Every month Shawna’s Shout Outs will include recognition of an individual or team of employees who have gone above and beyond! This month’s Shout Out goes to two unsung accreditation heroes in the Institutional Research Office – Rebecca Carr and Sara Pegram!

Rebecca and Sara have utilized their brilliant skills and talents in database management, data visualizations, and project management to develop a coherent and streamlined internal process used by the Steering Team to gather thousands of documents from hundreds of employees across the College. There are more than a dozen different steps involved in the evidence filing, from gathering documents from College employees to submission to the Higher Learning Commission. Most employees across the College do not have the opportunity to interact with these two outstanding employees, because most of their responsibilities are typically ‘behind-the-scenes,’ developing processes to ensure valid and reliable data across the College. However, every employee has viewed the results of their work in various reports that SCC utilizes to improve operations, services, and student learning.

Rebecca has exceptional talents in developing data visualizations and reports. Sara has the remarkable ability to communicate complicated concepts with understandable and clear information. The Accreditation Steering Team would not have been able to do the required work without their leadership creating clear processes that enable SCC to fulfill our commitment to a data-driven approach in the accreditation processes.

Thank you, Sara and Rebecca, for your leadership and commitment to accreditation at SCC.