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.
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
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.
THE COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION
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:
Collection of evidence on how SCC meets HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation
Submission of a written report called the Assurance Argument (written report)
On-site visit by HLC’s peer reviewers
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.
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 Amy Jorgens, SCC’s Vice President for Administrative Services! Amy serves SCC in a critical capacity by ensuring SCC maintains integrity in our fiscal and administrative operations. Furthermore, Amy was just accepted to be a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. This is a highly competitive process with only a few new Peer Reviewers accepted every year. Amy will be attending HLC peer reviewer training in May and will bring back valuable information to the College as she goes through training to evaluate other institutions on alignment with HLC’s Criteria for accreditation.
In addition to her new responsibilities as a peer reviewer, Amy also serves on the Accreditation Steering Team and provides finance data to HLC as part of the annual institutional update process. Please join us in thanking Amy for her attention to detail and commitment to our open-access mission as well as our pursuit of excellence and integrity in our operations.
Congratulations, Amy! The College will benefit greatly from your experience in this important role.