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Public Invited to Comment about STLCC to Accrediting Agency

August 30, 2007

St. Louis Community College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Jan. 28-30, 2008, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The college has been accredited by the commission since 1966.  Its accreditation is at the associate’s degree level and includes degree sites at various locations within the state.

The HLC is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provides institutional accreditation on a regional basis.  Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.  Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs.  Accreditation is voluntary.  The HLC accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region.  The HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past 19 months, the college has been engaged in a process of self study, addressing the HLC's requirements and criteria for accreditation.  The evaluation team will visit the college to gather evidence that the self study is thorough and accurate.  The team will recommend to the HLC a continuing status for the college; following a review process, the HLC will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:
            Public Comments on St. Louis Community College
            The Higher Learning Commission
            30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
            Chicago, IL 60602
            www.ncahlc.org/wrapped/thirdparty.php

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the college or its academic programs.  Written, signed comments must be received by Dec. 28, 2007.  The HLC cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered.  Comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the person providing the comments.  Comments will not be treated as confidential.