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What Is Accreditation?

Accreditation is granted to a college or university by an accrediting agency and assures the public of that college’s quality. Additionally, accreditation ensures that an institution meets minimum expectations. Examples of minimum expectations include publishing information about programs of study, performing an audit from a CPA firm, outlining academic rules and regulations for students–these are just a few among hundreds of minimum expectations.

Why Is Accreditation Important?

Accreditation assures the community, students, staff, and faculty that the institution is meeting standards of excellence.

Who Accredits Us?

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is the accrediting agency for Lake Land College.  For more information, please visit

When Does Accreditation Occur?

The College received full accreditation in 2015, and Lake Land College was assigned to the Standard Pathway. The College’s most recent accreditation visit by the HLC occurred in November 2018. The next accreditation visit will occur April 28-29, 2025.


How Is Accreditation Granted?

Accreditation is granted based on the results of a review of the College’s Assurance Argument (a report on how the College meets the Criteria for Accreditation) and a site visit conducted by an HLC-assigned team.

Lake Land College’s Accreditation History

1973: Lake Land College gained full Higher Learning Commission accreditation.
1977: Lake Land College gained reaffirmation of accreditation.
1987: Lake Land College gained reaffirmation of accreditation.
1994: Lake Land College gained reaffirmation of accreditation.
2004: Lake Land College gained reaffirmation of accreditation.
2015: Lake Land College received full accreditation under the Standard Pathway.
2019: Lake Land College gained reaffirmation of accreditation.

Accreditation Criteria

The Criteria for Accreditation are the standards of quality by which HLC determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation. They are as follows: Criterion 1: Mission Criterion 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement Criterion 5: Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning To learn more about the Core Components of each Criterion, visit the HLC website

HLC Accreditation Task Force

The task force will be created in Summer 2023.

Specialized Program Accreditation

Additional Contact Info

Sarah Hill, Faculty Accreditation Coordinator

Ike Nwosu, Ombudsperson
Phone: 217-234-5211