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Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Welcome to our 2012 reaccreditation website! It features links to our self-study and evidence and illustrates our commitment to the accreditation standards of the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College's last comprehensive evaluation was conducted in 2002. Columbia College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association since 1918. In preparation for the comprehensive review by the Higher Learning Commission, Columbia College has worked diligently to provide evidence of support to meet or exceed standards.

Columbia College's Reaccreditation Approach

Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs (EVP/DAA), has led the process for Columbia College by developing a strategy that incorporates critical self-reflection, with the goal of improving institutional effectiveness in general and the student experience in particular. In 2005, the College adopted HLC Accreditation Criteria and Core Components as the framework for the institutional strategic plan. The College has conducted institutional and departmental planning simultaneously with preparation for reaccreditation. Columbia College's strategic plan is our self-study, and our self-study is our strategic plan.

Related Reaccreditation Links:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
Columbia College’s Current Statement of Affiliation