Self-Study Overview

Accreditation Self-Study Overview

What is accreditation? Why is Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College currently preparing a self-study document to present to the Higher Learning Commission? Here you can learn more about the importance of accreditation and what you can do to help!

 The accreditation evaluation has two key components.  First, the self-study process requires that the institution review the five Criteria for Accreditation and provide evidence that these criteria and their core components are being met fully.  In addition, this provides the college community with the opportunity to take a close look at its strengths and challenges for the future.  The self-study is reflective of not only where we have been as an institution but where we are planning to go in the future.  Secondly, the process will culminate with a visit to campus by a team of HLC consultant-evaluators who will verify the accuracy of the self-study report and then offer suggestions for the continued success of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. 

The Higher Learning Commission

Accreditation is vital to our students' education. The process of accreditation validates the community's confidence in us and bolsters the credibility of the institution with other colleges. But what role does the Higher Learning Commission play?

According to the HLC website, "The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 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 educational institutions in the North Central region." This region includes Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

 The HLC is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 The Commission publishes an Overview booklet that provides brief general information about the accreditation of higher learning organizations by The Higher Learning Commission, the Criteria for Accreditation, frequently asked questions, and resources. 

Resources for the Public

The Commission publishes the names of affiliated institutions and maintains a Statement of Affiliation Status and an Organizational Profile for each institution. The Statement of Affiliation Status contains a summary of the institution’s official relationship with the Commission. The Organizational Profile contains information on the college or university’s characteristics taken from the annual report submitted by the institution to the Commission. The Commission has a compiled some additional resources for the public.

 The 2013 Self-Study website provides detailed information related to the accreditation process and each criterion area. Once the formal report is completed, it will be posted for review. We hope you find this information helpful, as we are committed to providing the best learning experience possible.