News Release: RLC Receives 10 More Years of Accreditation 

Higher Learning Commission 

Rend Lake College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditors in the United States. Accreditation is vital to what we do. It serves as a measure of quality, allows us to access and distribute federal student aid, facilitates the transfer of classes between institutions and more. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. HLC determines an institution’s accreditation based on its five Criteria for Accreditation.

There are various methods, or Pathways, through which an institution may maintain accreditation. Rend Lake College is on HLC’s Open Pathway. This involves the preparation of an Assurance Argument to prove the manner in which the college meets the five criteria, as well as submission of a federal compliance filing. In addition, Open Pathway institutions such as RLC must select a Quality Initiative project (see below). A report on this must be compiled and submitted prior to the Assurance Argument submission. Finally, an evaluation team from HLC will visit campus Sept. 24-25, 2018.

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Quality Initiative

In 2014, Rend Lake College piloted our First Year Experience program as its focus for the Quality Initiative. HLC accepted this report in 2017. Information and articles about our QI are below.

pdfbutton RLC Quality Initiative Proposal

news icon RLC's Quality Initiative Report Accepted by HLC

news icon New orientation project named HLC Quality Initiative Project

news icon RLC staff shares details of the First Year Experience program at the HLC Annual Conference

news icon FYE Orientation classes wrap up service projects

news icon FYE Orientation classes deliver "Flat Stanley" to local grade schools  

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