HLC Reaffirms Accreditation
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has reaffirmed Doane College's accreditation for a 10-year period that runs through 2021. The commission's action follows a comprehensive self-study by the college and a two-day site visit by a six-member review team last October.
Colleges and universities use an accreditation process to evaluate their educational programs for continuous quality. Once accreditation is granted, or in Doane's case, reaffirmed, it assures students and prospective students that an institution's academic programs meet nationally recognized standards.
Accreditation also offers the following advantages:
- An accredited institution can apply for federal grants, loans and other federal funds, including research funds.
- Students at an accredited institution are eligible for federal (and in some instances, state) grants and loans.
- Students at an accredited institution can transfer credits to other accredited colleges and universities.
- Employers and graduate school admissions committees may look more favorably upon students who earn a degree from an accredited institution.
- Employers that offer tuition assistance are more likely to reimburse employees for courses taken at an accredited institution.
Doane College first received accreditation in 1913 and has been continuously accredited as a four-year institution since that time.
The HLC is one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The commission is responsible for the accreditation of colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning in the North Central region, which includes 19 states.