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Accreditation Information

Two students holding a flagNotice to the Public

Independence Community College (ICC) will host a site visit from The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) later this month on the college’s main campus as part of the school’s accreditation. During this three day visit, the college will hold one public session, to which members of the community are invited to attend.

The public session will be on Tuesday, April 25 at 8 a.m. in the Cyber Café, located on the second floor of the Student Union.

HLC is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which covers 19 states, including Kansas.

Independence Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. ICC was granted accreditation in 1957 and received reaffirmation of accreditation during the 2009/10 academic school year. The HLC site visitors will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the criteria for accreditation.

All members of the public are invited to attend the Tuesday morning session, but seating is limited.

Accreditation Documentation Available Here

Regional Accreditation

Independence Community College received its first accreditation in 1957 from The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College is currently accredited through The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.  ICC received admission to AQIP in 2003 after submitting its final Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) Comprehensive Evaluation in 1998.  The institution's second Systems Portfolio was submitted for review to the Commission in 2011 with reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012.  Independence Community College’s most recent Systems Portfolio may be viewed by clicking the link to the right-hand side of this web page.

Independence Community College is a member of KAQIP, the Kansas Association of AQIP institutions. Representatives from two- and four-year colleges and universities meet twice per calendar year to collaborate for the purpose of continuous quality academic improvement at each member institution.

Direct Questions to: Debbie Phelps, Director of Institutional Research 620.332.5419 

Program Accreditation

The Veterinarian Technology program is accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 89,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.

The Cosmetology Program is accredited by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology (KBC). The mission of the Kansas Board of Cosmetology is to protect the health and safety of the consuming public by licensing qualified individuals and enforcing standards of practice.The KBC regulations mandate the length of the full-time Cosmetology program at not more than 12 months of continuous training with completion of 1500 clock hours of training.


Independence Community College 2015 Systems Portfolio

Operational Plan

Faculty/Staff Handbook

Student Handbook

Course Catalog

Board of Trustees Policy


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