About SCC Home | About SCC | Accreditation | HLC Criteria for Accreditation | Criterion Four Criterion Four Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of knowledge The organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission. Core Components 4A: The organization demonstrates, through the actions of its board, administrators, students, faculty, and staff, that it values a life of learning. 4B: The organization demonstrates that acquisition of a breadth of knowledge and skills and the exercise of intellectual inquiry are integral to its educational programs. 4C: The organization assesses the usefulness of its curricula to students who will live and work in a global, diverse, and technological society. 4D: The organization provides support to ensure that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.