Morton College announced that it received Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The AIC continues Morton College’s regional accreditation with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in the 2026-2027 academic year.
“We are very pleased with this outcome as it recognizes our administration, faculty and staff’s tireless dedication to making a positive, lasting difference for our students and the greater community,” said Dr. Stan Fields, President of Morton College. “This is one of the most favorable reviews we have received in the school’s history and its outcome demonstrates how much we all are committed to Morton College and believe in our shared work.”
Accreditation is a quality assurance process in higher education. For the last three years, the Morton College accreditation leadership team, composed of administration, faculty and staff from across the campus, spearheaded this task. The College’s Assurance Argument, a 120-page document, was submitted to the HLC in September 2016. A subsequent on-site visiting committee of representatives from peer institutions from throughout the United States took place in October 2016.
“The reaffirmation of accreditation process would not have been possible without the collective efforts of the entire college community,” said Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dr. Keith McLaughlin.
Within the review, Morton College received accolades for its commitment to the public good, noting the school’s role in its community and its efforts to invest in students now so that they are well prepared to invest in the future. The report also highlighted the diversity among Morton College’s student population and its attentiveness to its role in a multicultural society, which demonstrates consistency with its mission and values.
Founded in 1895, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is 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 19 states. Recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the HLC accredits approximately one-third of U.S. regionally accredited public and private institutions.
The HLC will revisit Morton College in the fall of 2017 to see firsthand the progresses the school has planned in the areas of policy development, professional development, participatory governance, financial accountability as well as the rollout of a new internal communications plan.