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The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Accreditation Update

Highland Community College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Highland has been accredited since 1973.

The College undergoes a regular self-study process as part of its commitment to accreditation and hosts on-site evaluations by an external HLC peer review team. In recent self-study reports, the College identified program-level assessment and systematic use of data as challenges the institution desired to improve. Following the most recent self-study in 2014, an HLC peer review team visited the campus in March 2017.

The HLC Board of Trustees agreed with the College’s self-study and notified the College that it continues to be accredited. However, the College is on Notice for being at risk for non-compliance. This means that all requirements for continued accreditation have been met, but that one or more areas are in need of focused efforts.

The important message is that Highland Community College remains fully accredited. Additional information is available by clicking on the Higher Learning Commission logo. Highland will be posting updates to this web page as we work to continuously improve our program level assessment and systematic use of data over the next two years.

The College values the support of our stakeholders and encourages our community to follow our continuing progress. During this Notice period, the following remain unchanged:

  • Highland Community College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • There are no changes to student eligibility for transfer or financial aid.
  • The high quality of education and services offered by Highland is unchanged.
  • Highland is fully committed to making improvements in our program level assessment process and systematic use of data.

For additional information, contact:
Tim Hood, President
2998 West Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

2019 HLC Notice Visit

HCC Notice Report- February 2019
HCC Notice Report Appendix- February 2019

2017 HLC Visit

Comprehensive Quality Review Highlights Report – January 2017

2016 Action Project Updates

Project: Cultivating Collaborative Relationships with External Partners
Project: Expanding and Evolving Community Education toward “Lifelong Learning”
Project: Developing a Comprehensive Transitional Math Studies Program
Project: Redesign of Pivotal Transitional English Course (Comm 090)

Systems Portfolios and Feedback Reports

2014 Systems Appraisal Feedback Report
2014 Systems Portfolio
2010 Systems Appraisal Feedback Report
2010 Systems Portfolio
2009 Quality Checkup Visit Report
FY08-09 Quality Improvement Campaigns
2006 Systems Portfolio Feedback Report
2006 Systems Portfolio

Official Recognition

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Illinois Community College Board

Specialized Accreditation

Auto Body Repair AAS and Certificate; Automotive Mechanics, Automotive Service Level I and II Certificates –
National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation (NATEF)

Medical Assistant AAS –
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Institutional Memberships

The following list includes, but is not limited to, the state and national organizations of which Highland Community College is a member:

  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Arrowhead Athletic Conference
  • Association for Institutional Research
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability
  • College and University Personnel Association for Human Resources
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Council on Higher Education Accreditation
  • Council of North Central Two Year Colleges
  • Early Childhood Consortium
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Honors Council of the Illinois Region
  • Illinois Association of College Stores
  • Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Illinois Association of Institutional Research
  • Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Illinois Collegiate and University Personnel Association for Human Resources
  • Illinois Community College Admissions and Records Officers Organization
  • Illinois Community College Chief Student Services Officers
  • Illinois Community College Faculty Association
  • Illinois Community College Student Activities Association
  • Illinois Community College Trustees Association
  • Illinois Community Colleges Online
  • Illinois Council of Community College Administrators
  • Illinois Council of Community College Presidents
  • Illinois Council of Community Education and Training
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Illinois Online Network
  • Illinois Post-secondary Agriculture Students
  • Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Officers
  • National Academic Advising Association
  • National Association of Basketball Coaches
  • National Association of College Stores
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Behavioral Intervention Team Association
  • National Collegiate Honors Council
  • National Council for Marketing and Public Relations
  • National Junior College Athletic Association
  • National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
  • Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges
  • North Central Association
  • Organization of Associate Degree Nursing
  • PrairieCat
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Wisconsin Collegiate Bowling Conference

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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