The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has reaffirmed Mohave Community College’s college-wide accreditation.

The accreditation reaffirmation follows a federal compliance review, as well as a quality assurance review visit by an accreditation team to the MCC campuses in February. The visits involved extensive preparation and collaboration by the faculty, staff and students.

“This is an exceptional success obtained through the efforts, diligence and dedication of the entire college community,” said MCC Accreditation Liaison Officer Danette Bristle. “The visit in February came after months of writing an Assurance Argument documenting MCC’s accomplishments and commitment to providing quality educational experiences for our constituents. MCC’s quality and professionalism was evident throughout the process, and the entire college community is to be commended for our collective achievement.”

MCC was found to have no accreditation issues identified in the Assurance Review. MCC met all Criteria and Core Components. The commission noted the work of the Student Success Centers on each of the campuses.

“This report reaffirms the quality education our students receive at MCC and of the professionalism and the dedication of our faculty and staff demonstrate inside and outside of the classroom on a daily basis. Their efforts are deeply appreciated,” added Bristle.

MCC President Michael Kearns explained the importance of accreditation to colleges and universities. “Colleges or universities with a loss of accreditation are prevented by federal rules from providing financial aid to students. Other colleges and universities would not accept academic credits for transfer. Academic degrees would lose credibility. In short, a loss of regional accreditation could shut down a college.”

The commission is scheduled to conduct its next reaffirmation of accreditation for MCC in 2022-2023.

HLC is an independent corporation that serves as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes Arizona and 18 other states.