Validates Quality with 10-Year Reaffirmation, Highest Award Available
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. -- The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the largest regional accrediting body that accredits colleges and universities in Michigan and 18 other states, has reaffirmed accreditation of Oakland Community College (OCC) through 2028-2029.
Attending an accredited college is important for students interested in transferring credits or pursuing advanced degrees and can be an advantage when seeking employment with prospective companies. This rigorous, voluntary HLC evaluation process requires a comprehensive review to assure a high level of academic excellence.
“During the past year, the HLC Peer Team made visits to our multiple campuses and interviewed 140 staff and faculty members and board members and surveyed students to provide an extensive review of the college,” said OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the HLC Peer Team, as well as the intensive hours our staff and faculty dedicated to this vital accreditation process. Achieving this Reaffirmation of Accreditation shows the type of outstanding team we have at OCC and their tireless dedication to the success of our students and the college.”
College accreditation emphasizes quality assurance, commitment to continuous quality, annual reviews of practices and complying with rigorous standards. During the review, the HLC Peer Team reviewed the college for its effectiveness and provided its findings in each of the following areas:
1. Mission – OCC’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct – OCC acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support – OCC provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement – OCC demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services, and it evaluates its effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
5. Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness – OCC’s resources, structures and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.
About The Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes Michigan and 18 other states.
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.
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