Southeast Community College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1983. The Higher
Learning Commission granted the College reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012-2013 with the next
reaffirmation of accreditation in 2022-2023.
Higher Learning Commission
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In Spring of 2023, SCC will undergo a comprehensive evaluation in order to maintain our accreditation with the Higher
Learning Commission. Learn more about SCC’s current reaccreditation process, activities, events, HLC criterion
information, and the re-accreditation process.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation in higher education is a process of external quality review to ensure that a college or university
meets established standards. Accreditation involves a comprehensive evaluation on how the college is meeting
standards and a review of the college by trained peer reviewers who evaluate the college's efforts at maintaining
In the U.S., accreditation is carried out through private, nonprofit organizations designed for this specific
purpose. Accreditation is required in order for students to gain access to federal funds including student grants
and loans. Non-accredited institutions are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Types of Accreditation
- Institutional Accreditation: In the United States, schools and colleges voluntarily seek accreditation from
nongovernmental bodies. Accreditation provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students,
that an organization has been found to meet clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are
reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them. The institutional accreditors are private,
nongovernmental organizations created for the specific purpose of reviewing higher education institutions and
programs for quality. SCC is accredited by the largest institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission,
which is one of 19 recognized accrediting organizations.
- Specialized and Professional Accreditation: Specialized and professional accreditation is granted to non-profit
organizations that review programs within a narrowly defined profession or field of study. SCC has 18 programs
that maintain specialized, professional accreditation with accreditors that are recognized by the United States
Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- Professional Industry Organization: SCC has six programs that regularly evaluated by a professional industry
organization and meet their organizational standards. As a result, SCC graduates may be eligible for
certification in their respective fields.