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 one of SCC’s biggest champions of accreditation and continuous improvement– Linda Hartman! Linda is the Business Program Co-Director and has served on the Accreditation Steering Team since 2016. She did an outstanding job leading Criterion 3 (Teaching and Learning) during the Assurance Review and graciously accepted the opportunity to lead Criterion 3 again for the Comprehensive Evaluation in 2023. Linda meticulously worked to ensure her team had searched for evidence across the College. She even created an internal peer-review process for her Criterion Committee, similar to HLC’s approach to the evaluation. Linda also serves the College through another area of shared governance at SCC as the faculty representative to SCC’s Board of Governors. Linda comes to every Accreditation Steering Team meeting with new ideas, thoughtful questions, a positive outlook, and a strong desire to make data-driven improvements at SCC. The Accreditation Steering Team is more focused and fun because of Linda’s talents! Thank you, Linda, for your leadership and commitment to accreditation at SCC.