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Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission

Richland Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 1 (312) 263-0456, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

Specialized Accreditation

 

Specialized Accreditation
Program Accrediting Program Origination/Reaccreditation Date Benefits to Student
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)(formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission-- NLNAC) September 1996
October 2009
July 2012 Follow Up
Report Accepted
A peer review process that determines if academic programs meets public confidence
Automotive Technology National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (ASE Certification) October 2011 (Master Accreditation) Recommended for employment; students may sit for ASE Certification exams
Radiology (AAS) Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) Applied October 2012; Approved Spring 2014 A peer review process that determines if academic programs meet public confidence
Surgical Technology (AAS) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) April 22, 1999; Renewed November 15, 2013 (until 2023)
Continuing Accreditation cycle – June 2013 site visit
Required to take National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification exam
Medical Transcription (AAS) Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) Sept. 2007
Renewed June 2013
Recommended for employment
Information Technology—Network Technology (AAS) Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Academy Fall 1999
Renewed 2012
Recommended for employment
Health Information Technology (AAS) Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Approved September 2013 Generally required for Medical Coders
Culinary Arts (AAS) American Culinary Federation (ACF) Self-Study Submitted March 2014; Site Visit April 2014 Credential for certified culinarians.
Engineering Technology (Certificate) Manufacturing Skills Standards Certification In Progress Recommended for employment
Welding Technology (AAS) American Welding Society (AWS) In Progress Required for some levels of welding employment
Network Technology (AAS) CompTIA Authorized Academy Program In Progress Recommended for employment

 

Academic Quality Improvement Process (AQIP)

Richland Community College is proud to be a participating institution in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) since 2001. AQIP is an alternative process through which an organization can maintain its accredited status with The Higher Learning Commission. AQIP’s goal is to infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities in order to assure and advance the quality of higher education. AQIP allows an organization to demonstrate that it meets The Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and other expectations through processes that align with the ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving continuously to improve their performance. By sharing both its improvement activities and their results through AQIP, an organization develops the structure and systems essential to achieving the distinctive higher education mission it has set for itself — and the evidence to enable the Commission to reaffirm accreditation. Visit www.aqip.org or our AQIP Page for more information. 

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