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 I’d like to recognize Barry Smith, SCC’s Program Director for the Automotive Technology and Powersports programs. Barry and his team’s innovative work has resulted in the addition of a new AAS program, which provides another Pathway to Possible for SCC students. Not only does this new program provide a high-quality, cost-effective option for students, it also addressed a critical accreditation and compliance need. Students pursuing a diploma or AAS in Powersports are now fully eligible for federal financial aid with the addition of this new stackable credential. Furthermore, Barry and the Automotive and Powersports faculty created this additional program without the need for any additional equipment, faculty, or other significant resources!  

This new program required several accreditation-related processes for approval before the program could be offered and Barry was so positive about navigating the accreditation processes, while providing answers quickly for HLC’s questions. It was very inspiring to see the innovation and collaboration actively occurring in these programs amidst a challenging time. Kudos to Barry and his team for their commitment to student success, providing accessible quality hands-on education, and continuous improvement in the Automotive and Powersports programs. 




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