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Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Reaffirmation of Accreditation


August 24, 2015

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Accreditation Continued

On June 15, 2015, the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) continued the reaffirmation of accreditation of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges until 2024-25.   This action follows an accreditation visit in April 2015 by a five member Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Peer Review Team.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges operates a four college system which includes Frontier Community College in Fairfield, Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Olney Central College in Olney, and Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.  The last review and approval for accreditation occurred in 2005 with a monitoring report on assessment of student learning.  The recent visit focused on five accreditation criteria established by HLC:  Mission; Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct; Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support; Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement; and Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.

In preparation for the visit, IECC prepared an assurance argument, a federal compliance report, and submitted over 400 supporting documents online to the HLC and the Peer Review Team.  These reports and documents provided an electronic portfolio for the team to review prior to the on-campus visit which documented and supported IECC’s progress and achievement in meeting the criteria for accreditation and federal compliance requirements.

The HLC Peer Review found sufficient evidence that IECC met all five accreditation criteria required by the Higher Learning Commission and recommended that the Institutional Actions Council approve and continue the accreditation of IECC. The Higher Learning Commission approved the recommendation and continued the accreditation of IECC.

“I am pleased with the Higher Learning Commission’s reaffirmation of IECC’s accreditation and wish to thank the faculty, staff, students, and alumni for all the hard work during the reaccreditation process, says Terry L. Bruce, CEO.  The Board, faculty and staff have always been confident in the strength of IECC’s four colleges and the effectiveness of the education provided by Frontier Community College,  Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College.  The action of the Commission reaffirms the strengths of IECC."

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