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Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Review of Yavapai College

Accreditation is the process through which Yavapai College is officially recognized as being qualified to award college credits, certificates and degrees. In 1974, Yavapai College received and has since maintained it accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. Accreditation ensures institutions provide higher education that meets acceptable levels of quality.

Every ten years, Yavapai College participates in a self-study and review process through the Higher Learning Commission to demonstrate and document the education and services provided throughout the institution meet the criteria for accreditation.

In addition to the Regional Accreditation maintained through the Higher Learning Commission, Yavapai College earned Accreditation for Five professional programs: Nursing, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, Radiology and Automotive.


Accreditation ensures

  • The financial stability of the institution.
  • courses and programs transfer to other institutions.
  • Faculty are appropriately qualified in their disciplines or fields.
  • Students receive the education necessary for successful transfer to the university.
  • Students receive the training necessary to pass licensing or board examinations.
  • Students receive the education and training necessary to succeed in the workforce.
  • Students are eligible for Federally funded student aid and benefits.

Yavapai College was one of twelve pioneer institutions to partner with the Higher Learning Commission as they developed the Open Pathway to accreditation. The Open Pathway requires Yavapai College to develop a Quality Initiative Project and perform regular self-studies every ten years.


Quality Initiative Projects

The Current Quality Initiative Project addresses Open Educational Resources. In 2012, Yavapai College submitted the final report on the first Quality Initiative Project:
A Comparative Analysis of Online and Face to Face instruction at Yavapai College.


Tom Hughes, Director
Institutional Effectiveness and Research
(928) 776-2205
tom.hughes@yc.edu