JWCC Receives Maximum Reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission

JWCC Receives Maximum Reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission

John Wood Community College has received 10-year reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).The reaccreditation affirms JWCC’s high-quality academic programs, commitment to continuous improvement and acceptance of JWCC courses for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

The 10-year reaccreditation period through the 2022-2023 academic year is the longest period the HLC grants to two and four year colleges and universities.

“This is significant validation of the entire operation of the College, especially the academic quality at JWCC,” Dr. John Letts, JWCC president said.  “This is the same commission that accredits four-year schools in our region and the HLC doesn’t give out the maximum reaccreditation easily.  Students who choose JWCC receive the same quality instruction as their peers at four-year schools and studies show they often have the same or higher grade point averages when they reach their junior year.”

For two years, JWCC faculty, administration, staff and students engaged in a process of self-study to review the College’s ability to meet standards in educational programs, mission, student support, finances and infrastructure.  JWCC provided a comprehensive report on its findings to the HLC.  In March of 2013, a team from the HLC visited JWCC for two days to evaluate the institution to interview students, faculty, staff and community members to confirm evidence provided in the College’s report.

Evaluators commended JWCC for its quality education, financial management, public service, economic development, modern labs, classrooms and facilities and understanding of the communities the College serves.  The team also noted JWCC’s commitment to students’ success and lifelong learning, dedicated and knowledgeable board and credentialed faculty.

The HLC is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation.  The HLC monitors1100  two and four-year colleges and universities in its 19 state region.    Founded in 1974, JWCC was first granted accreditation in 1980.  HLC accreditation allows the College to receive federal financial aid for students.  The Commission is an independent non-profit organization recognized by the United States Department of Education that ensures quality of education and institutional operations.