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Mission & Accreditation

Mission Statement

Hocking College provides a unique, innovative, and quality education in a supportive experience-based learning environment, preparing students for employment and transfer education opportunities, while teaching the value of lifelong learning, promoting diversity and developing citizens who are engaged in their local and global communities.

Commitment to Diversity

The mission of Hocking College is immeasurably enriched by the students, faculty and staff who bring diverse experiences and backgrounds to our campus. We believe that diversity comes in many flavors, not just those typically considered--race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, physical challenge, or marital status--but also in thought, political persuasion, physicality, and spirituality.

Hocking College is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, recognized as a source of strength, and valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work.

Hocking College believes that diversity is a matter of institutional integrity and plays an integral role in educational excellence. Students learn better in a diverse educational environment, and are better prepared to become active participants in our pluralistic global society.

Our institutional commitment to diversity is made visible through celebration, through opportunities for introspection, and through artistic expression. It is a commitment that never ends, an open and ongoing dedication to creating an environment within which all individuals feel safe, valued and welcomed.

Hocking College expects the members of our campus community to promote this vision as fully and conscientiously as possible.


Accreditation is a voluntary process of certification by which an institution or education program maintains certain standards. Hocking College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC.) The Higher Learning Commission (is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Hocking College
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764