Accreditation - Community College
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The purpose of state accreditation is to confirm that each of Iowa’s community colleges are offering educational opportunities and services consistent with state standards, as prescribed by Iowa Code section 260C.48 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-IAC 24. The process also assures the public that its tax-supported educational institutions are operating at expected levels of efficiency and effectiveness.
Community College Accreditation Guidance Documents
The following guidance documents provide concise guidance, along with relevant excerpts from Iowa code, to assist community colleges in preparing for the state accreditation process. Each guidance document lists evidential items that the accreditation team expects to see in a college’s review material as well as actual wording to be used in college material to demonstrate compliance with federal and state regulations.
Team Member Training Webcasts
This series of six webcasts provide training, guidance, and expectations for team members participating on Community College Accreditation Visits.
Accreditation Overview (3:04)
State Accreditation (1:22)
The Review Team (5:52)
State Accreditation Report (3:57)
Accreditation Best Practices (by State Standards)
The State Accreditation team thoroughly reviews evidence, documents, and other resources provided by colleges to prove they are in compliance with Iowa state standards. Through the accreditation review and visitation process, the team often sees outstanding programs and processes that deserve to be highlighted and shared. These have been classified as “Best Practices,” and the section below will be updated in the future to provide links to resources that others can use to learn more about these outstanding practices.