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Columbus State earns full reaffirmation of accreditation

Update | Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Columbus State Community College. The last accreditation was in 2012. Since 2006, it had been working under the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), one of three accreditation options offered by the HLC that focuses on continuous quality improvement. With the announcement earlier this year that the AQIP pathway will be phased out, the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) voted to approve Columbus State’s entrance into the “Open” pathway for the College’s next reaffirmation of accreditation cycle scheduled for 2029-2030.

Bruce Massis, accreditation liaison officer, and David Tom, faculty fellow for accreditation, express their thanks to the president, the Board of Trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, and students. Those individuals and groups provided help and support throughout the College’s reaffirmation of the accreditation process, whether by researching, contributing to, or writing the College’s Systems Portfolio, Federal Compliance Report, or Delaware Campus report. The process also required some participants to attend an open forum or a meeting during the two-day Comprehensive Quality Review visit in October.

The final visit report may be viewed at this link.

The College’s formal “Statement of Accreditation Status” by HLC can be viewed at this link.


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