Accreditation recognizes that the college meets or exceeds the standards and expectations established by the accreditation agency. Northland Pioneer College is a fully accredited community college by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604 • (800) 621-7440. NPC has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since October 1979.
What is accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission?
Accreditation is a process through which educational institutions demonstrate their commitment and practices in meeting certain quality standards established by an external entity. It assures the public that the educational institution is operating effectively in fulfilling its mission via its operations and activities in teaching and student learning, as well as the promotion of knowledge and services. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is NPC’s institutional accrediting agency. For more information, visit the HLC website.
Why is accreditation important to NPC?
1. NPC must be accredited to provide federal financial aid to our students.
2. Accreditation assures and improves quality in higher education.
3. Accreditation helps students wishing to transfer credits to other colleges/universities.
4. Employers frequently verify the accreditation status of any degree‐granting institutions before offering jobs to new graduates.
How does NPC maintain its accredited status?
To maintain its accredited status, NPC participates in the Open Pathway option with the HLC.
The Open Pathway follows a 10-year cycle with a focus on demonstrating educational quality assurance and institutional improvement. During this 10-year period, NPC completes the following HLC activities: annual reporting, an assurance review at Year 4, a Quality Initiative from Year 5 through Year 9, and a comprehensive evaluation at Year 10.
Every year, NPC submits the annual Institutional Update to HLC as part of the regular monitoring process from the College’s institutional accreditor. At Year 4 of the 10-year cycle, NPC completes an online assurance review as a “mid-point check-in” to demonstrate that the College continues to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. Starting at Year 5, NPC develops and implements a Quality Initiative.
At Year 10, NPC undergoes a comprehensive evaluation process with HLC. This comprehensive evaluation process involves the submission of an assurance argument and evidence files, as well as onsite observations and interviews by HLC peer reviewers. The goal of this comprehensive evaluation is to ensure that NPC is meeting the Criteria for Accreditation and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. At the end of this evaluation, NPC receives an action from HLC’s Institutional Action Council regarding the reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation. See a detailed description of the 10-year Open Pathway process.
Who I should contact for questions related to HLC and accreditation?
HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer:
Judy Yip-Reyes, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Also see NPC's other program specific accreditation/licensing agencies.
Northland Pioneer College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
Northland Pioneer College
PO Box 610
Holbrook, AZ 86025
Mission statement: "Northland Pioneer College provides educational excellence that is affordable and accessible for the enrichment of communities across northeastern Arizona."
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