The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a regional
accreditation agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher
education. Accreditation assures quality by verifying that the institution
meets standards and is engaged in continuous improvement.
Illinois Valley Community College has been accredited by the
HLC since 1929, with reaffirmation of accreditation in 2016-2017. As of 2017,
Illinois Valley Community College participates in the Open Pathway toward
accreditation, focusing on quality assurance and institutional improvement.
More information on the accreditation process and the HLC is
available through their website.
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
The Open Pathway toward accreditation is designed for institutions that consistently
meet the accreditation criteria and do not require extensive monitoring by the HLC
in order to maintain their accreditation status. Each accreditation cycle is
Institutions document their adherence to the Criteria for Accreditation in their Assurance Review, which is completed during the
fourth and ninth years of the 10-year cycle and is reviewed by trained HLC peer
In addition to meeting the Criteria for Accreditation,
institutions are required to submit and implement a Quality Initiative. The Quality Initiative is a multi-year institutional project
designed to promote quality improvement within the institution. The Quality
Initiative is reviewed, approved, and evaluated by trained peer reviewers
during years five through nine of the ten-year accreditation cycle.
Finally, in year 10, institutions are visited by trained peer review teams who verify the institution's compliance with federal mandates as well as the evidence documenting that the institution meets the Criteria for Accreditation.
For more information on IVCC's Open Pathway, please contact:
Vice-President for Academic Affairs