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MISSION: ACCREDITATION

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.

 
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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:  

  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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ACTION AGREEMENT

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 Stacey Barnard-Dorn, SCC’s Executive Administrative Assistant for the Instructional Division. Stacey has been working closely with the Instructional Division to create efficient processes that ensure SCC stays in compliance with HLC’s institutional (substantive) change requirements. Ensuring that SCC follows these requirements involves a great deal of information from various individuals/groups and keeping track of that documentation is critical. Stacey frequently looks for ways to promote transparent and accurate communication, in addition to identifying new strategies for SCC to be more efficient. SCC has made tremendous progress in complying with substantive change policies and Stacey’s organization has ensured that work runs smoothly. 

Stacey and her team also have played a pivotal role in registering and arranging travel SCC employees for the HLC annual conference for the last few years. I am frequently amazed at her organizational abilities to manage that complex process. Thank you, Stacey, for your commitment to excellence, efficiency, and ensuring important accreditation processes are streamlined.  

Stacey and her team also have played a pivotal role in registering and arranging travel SCC employees for the HLC annual conference for the last few years. I am frequently amazed at her organizational abilities to manage that complex process. Thank you, Stacey, for your commitment to excellence, efficiency, and ensuring important accreditation processes are streamlined.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT SCC'S ACCREDITATION?

 

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