Clark State awarded accreditation for another 10 years

Clark State Community College has been reaffirmed for accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through 2028-29.

The HLC is an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states in the North Central region.

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“Accreditation is a process used by higher education to evaluate college and universities for quality and to assess their efforts toward continuous quality improvements,” said Amy Sues, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, Assessment and Accreditation with Clark State. “Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances and resources.”

Clark State hosted a team from the HLC in December. The college has been accredited by the HLC since 1973.

While visiting Clark State, the HLC team reviewed the institution’s continued ability to meet the criteria for accreditation.

The criteria for accreditation includes: mission; integrity; ethical and responsible conduct; teaching and learning; quality, resources and support; teaching and learning; evaluation and improvement; and resources, planning and institutional effectiveness.

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Sues said a cross-functional team of Clark State faculty and staff was well prepared for HLC’s visit and review, and the successful reaffirmation of accreditation is an example of Clark State’s commitment to the communities and counties it serves.

Brad Phillips, Clark State Board of Trustees Chairman, said he is pleased to see a positive report from the HLC.

“The reaffirmation of accreditation can be attributed to the faculty and staff that worked so hard to raise the bar at Clark State,” Phillips said. “It was good to see the positive feedback and know everyone’s hard work is paying off.”

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