About SCC Home | About SCC | Accreditation | What is Accreditation? What is Accreditation? Accreditation provides assurance to the public that an institution has been found to meet the HLC's clearly stated requirements and criteria and will continue to do so. What is the Value of Accreditation? Academic Quality - Accreditation ensures that programs of study fulfill the basic role of providing students with a quality education. Transfer Credits - Accreditation facilitates the transfer of course credits between institutions. Financial Aid - To be eligible for federal financial aid and veteran's benefits, students need to be enrolled in an accredited program that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation also makes SCC eligible for federal grant funding. Employer Expectations - Accreditation assures employers that SCC has quality programs of study. Purpose of the Self-Study The Self-Study is a comprehensive review and report of how the College is meeting both its mission and the Higher Learning Commission's expectations. The Self-Study is completed prior to the peer review teams' comprehensive site visit.