Estrella Mountain initiated its third accreditation process during the fall 2009 academic year and was formally approved for re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) on March 19, 2012.
HLC member schools are required to undertake a timely self-study process for continued accreditation. The purpose of a self-study is to provide assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet the agency’s clearly stated requirements and is fulfilling its mission.
Accreditation provides both public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity for self-improvement. The Commission determines if the college meets stated criteria only after the institution opens itself to outside examination by experienced evaluators familiar with accrediting requirements and with higher education. The process of accreditation provides the institution with an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from persons from other institutions.
The 2011 Self-Study Web pages provide detailed information related to the accreditation process and each criterion area. The formal Self-Study report can also be accessed online. We hope you find this information helpful, as we are committed to providing the best learning experience possible.