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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.

Iowa Community Colleges State Accreditation Guide

Faculty Qualification Guidelines

2020 Academic Chart Update

2019 Academic Chart Update

2018 Academic Chart Update

2017 Academic Chart Update

Facility Plan Requirements

SYP Instructor Background Checks

Guidance for Nondiscrimination Notices - Community Colleges

Community College Accreditation and Accountability Committee Report

Final Report on Accreditation and Accountability

Faculty Qualifications

Faculty Qualification Credential Chart Suggestions