Overview

Overview

Reaffirmation Process


Reaffirmation Process

Phoenix College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation, responsible for accrediting degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

In 2013, Phoenix College began the transition to the HLC Open Pathway model for continued accreditation, a new pathway for institutions that focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement.


Factors in Determining Participation in the Open Pathway

The Commission determines whether an institution may participate in the Open Pathway. This determination is based upon the institution’s present condition, including scheduled monitoring, and past relationship with the Commission. An institution may participate in the Open Pathway if it:

  • is accredited and has been accredited for at least ten years;
  • is not in the process of a change of control, structure or organization and has not undergone a change of control, structure, or organization within the last two years;
  • is not under Commission sanction or related action and has not been under Commission sanction or related action within the last five years;
  • does not have pending recommendations for a focused visit or extensive other monitoring and does not have a history of extensive Commission monitoring, including accreditation cycles shortened to seven or fewer years, multiple monitoring reports, and multiple focused visits extending across more than one accrediting cycle;
  • is not and has not been undergoing dynamic change (e.g., significant changes in enrollment or student body, opening or closing of multiple locations or campuses) or requiring frequent substantive change approvals since the last comprehensive evaluation;
  • is not and has not raised significant Commission concerns about circumstances or developments at the institution (e.g., ongoing leadership turnover, extensive review by a governmental agency, patterns identified in financial and non-financial indicators).


For additional information please visit HLC Pathways for Reaffirmation of Accreditation

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