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Accreditation FAQ
  • In the United States, institutions of higher learning voluntarily seek accreditation from nongovernmental bodies; such states attests to the quality of the educational experience being offered by the institution; it is an external "seal of approval." This regional accrediting agency is headquartered in Chicago and is responsible for accrediting institutions of higher learning in a 19-state region that covers most of the mid-west, but also extends to states as far away as Arizona.
  • The HLC is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
  • A reaccreditation must take place every ten years.
  • Hocking College was last reaccredited in 2001. Our next reaccreditation visit is scheduled for November 7-9, 2011.
  • There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution. Here are a few of them:
    • Quality Education: accredited colleges and universities deliver high quality educational programs.
    • Financial Aid: accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
    • Transfer: most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited school.
  • Please see the HLC website for more information.
  • Prior to the site visit, the institution seeking reaccreditation prepares a comprehensive self-study of every aspect of the college; the self-study must show how Hocking College is meeting the HLC's five criteria.
  • The self study is a process during which faculty and administrators take a very close look at the entire college, documenting its strengths and challenges in a written report. Before the writing begins, self study team members attend campus meetings, interview people, collect research and data and review important documents. The self-study is a unique opportunity for the college to take stock of itself—celebrating its successes and discovering areas for continued improvement.
  • Theoretically, everyone on campus will be involved. The self-study steering committee consists of Committee Chairs, Provost/Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Molly Weiland, and Vice President of Administrative Services, Dr. Myriah Short. Committee members are Sue Chiki, Derek Bobo, Joe Wakeman, Tammy Eing, Dr. Sally Lozada and Linda Deeds. We will call upon existing committees, departments, programs and offices to complete specific tasks and provide us with data as necessary. We will ask advice from the community and, as we are writing, feedback from as many constituencies as possible. We will provide forums, both electronic and actual, to discuss important issues related to reaccreditation and to receive feedback from the campus.
  • The report will be finished, and submitted to HLC/NCA, in September 2011.
  • A team of consultant evaluators will visit hocking College. Appointed by the Higher Learning Commission of NCA, the team will be comprised of administrators and faculty from other colleges like Hocking College that are a member of HLC/NCA. We can expect that individual members of the team will want to visit with a wide variety of people from the community and representatives from each division of the college. But, most of the specific meetings that will be scheduled are dictated by the Site Visit Team itself- sometimes only days (or hours!) before the meeting will take place. Team members will want to have conversations with representative members from all segments of the community: administrators, staff, faculty and students. Some of these conversations will occur in small group settings and some will be individual interviews. Some will be scheduled in advance, but as noted above, the visitors always reserve the right to arrange additional interviews or activities after they arrive. The visit schedule will be posted on this site as soon as it becomes available.
  • During the Winter Quarter of 2012.
  • The self study process is meant to reflect the opinions, values, and experiences of the entire campus community. A final draft of the self study report will be available to the Hocking community. We encourage you to read this draft and to provide feedback.
HLC Accreditation 2011
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