HLC Goals

Criteria

The Criteria for Accreditation are the standards of quality by which the Higher Learning Commision (HLC) determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation. Each criterion is made up of Core Components and Sub-Components. The institution will be reaffirmed for accreditation if it is found to meet Core Components.

Criterion 1: Mission

The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.

Core Components:
  • The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.
  • The mission is articulated publicly.
  • The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.
  • The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the common good.

Our Team

  • Dr. Nwankwo- Administartive Liasion
  • Participants by Assurance Argument
  • Mindy Watson, Director of Federal Projects
  • Courtney Tempel, Senior Institutional Research Analyst
  • Marcus Smith, Director of Advising and Counseling
  • Kolby Rains, Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Volunteers of Criterion
  • April Chavez, FA
  • Patricia Becks, SBDC
  • Janett Johnson, DC—English, History, Languages
  • Karen Burns, EMS
  • Jennifer Bussey, AA
  • Angel Anaya, Phase IV AA
  • Brandi Varnado, PTA
  • Carolyn Lindsey, Art Faculty
  • Ricky Fuentes, IT

Criterion 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Core Components:
  • The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.
  • The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, controls, and accreditation relationships.
  • The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institutions and to assure its integrity.
  • The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.
  • The institution ensures that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.

Our Team

  • Heather Lovato- Administrative Liasion
  • Participants by Assurance Argument
  • April Chavez, Financial Integrity
  • Robin Jones, Academic Integrity
  • Regina Dart, Personnel Integrity
  • Corey Issaces, Purchasing Integrity
  • Heather Lovato, Acting CFO
  • Curtis Chapman, Director of Library Services
  • Volunteers of Criterion
  • Kolby Rains, IA
  • Trina Walley, TRiO
  • Jennifer Duke, AA
  • April Chavez, FA
  • Laura Kaufman, Nuring Faculty
  • Hannah Tucker, Nursing Faculty
  • Kelsi Peabody, Nursing Faculty
  • Simon Chavez, COMM Faculty
  • Melissa Ham, RADT
  • Dominique Chairez, SBDC
  • Allen Potthoff, Business and Non-credit

Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Core Components:
  • The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.
  • The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational program.
  • The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
  • The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.
  • The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

Our Team

  • Robin Kuykendall- Administartive Liasion
  • Participants by Assurance Argument
  • Marcus Smith, Academic Advising
  • Raymond Walker, Division Chair of Computer Information Systems/ Assessment Chair
  • Shawna McGill, Division Chair of Allied Health
  • Emily Glikas, Director of Center of Student Success
  • Mindy Watson, Director of Federal Programs
  • Laura White, Director of Title V
  • TBD, Human Resource Specialist
  • Ricky Fuentes, Director of User Services
  • Volunteers of Criterion
  • Corey Issacs, Purchasing
  • Rachel Page, IT
  • Zoe Rodriguez, IT
  • Nancy Meadows, Title V
  • Melissa Reed, Division Chair of Occupational Technology
  • Rodney Backoff, IT
  • Erin Tomas, Faculty Grant
  • Curtis Chapman, Library
  • Brandon Finney, Math Faculty
  • Winona Johnson, Title V Student Retention Coordinator/Starfish
  • Chance web, Title V
  • Elena Soto, Nursing Fcaulty
  • Andrea Stephens, Nursing Faculty

Criterion 4:Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environment, and support services, and it evaluates its effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Core Components:
  • The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.
  • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.
  • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.

Our Team

  • Robin Jones- Administartive Liasion
  • Participants by Assurance Argument
  • Monica Turner, Division Chair of Business Adminstration and Behavioral Science
  • Don Scroggins, Division Chair of Math, Science and Humanities
  • Melissa Reed, Division Chair of Occupational Technology
  • Kari Smith, Registrar
  • Alexis Noon, Career and Development Coordinator
  • Courtney Tempel, Senior Institutional Research Analyst
  • Volunteers of Criterion
  • Gregory Rapp, English Faculty
  • Lauren Jerige, Nursing Faculty
  • Camille Jackson, Nursing Faculty
  • Vicki Bridinger-Leon, History Faculty/Grant
  • Don Scroggiins, division Cahir of Math and Science
  • Teresa Guillen, Spanish Faculty
  • Laura white, Director of Title V
  • Emily Glikas, Director of Center of Student Succes

Criterion 5: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The institution’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.

Core Components:
  • The institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
  • The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.
  • The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.
  • The institution works systematically to improve its performance.

Our Team

  • Norman Kia- Administartive Liasion
  • Participants by Assurance Argument
  • Mindy Watson, Director of Federal Programs
  • Regina dart, Director of Human Resources
  • Heather Lovato, Acting CFO
  • Norman Kia, Vice President of IT and Operations
  • Beverly Aragon, AA to the President
  • Dr. Nwanko, Strategic Plan and Facilities Master Plan
  • Courtney Tempel, Senior Institutional Research Analyst
  • Volunteers of Criterion
  • Gregory Rapp, English Faculty
  • Kolby Rains, IA
  • Trina Walley, TRiO
  • Corey Issacs, Purchasing
  • April Chavez, FA
  • Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, SBDC
  • April Chavez, FA
  • Rodney Backoff,IT
  • Curtis Chapman, Library
  • Brad Heath, Division Chair Health and Physical Education
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