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Accreditation Information

Two students holding a flagNotice to the Public

Independence Community College (ICC) is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. ICC will host an on-site visit from The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on April 24-26, 2017. 

The Higher Learning Commission (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.

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.

The public is invited to submit substantive comments regarding the quality of the college, or its academic programs:

Public Comment Regarding
Independence Community College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Comments may also be submitted online at prior to March 24, 2017.
All written comments submitted via mail must be received by March 24, 2017.

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 


Independence Community College 2015 Systems Portfolio


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