Press release: National accreditation report praises GRCC

Kathy Mullins
Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

February 19, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A report issued by a national quality improvement program praises Grand Rapids Community College for its diversity, ethics, transparency, educational soundness and support services.

The Academic Quality Improvement Program report, released this week by the North Central Associations Higher Learning Commission (HLC), concluded that "GRCC provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered."

"I could not be more proud of my colleagues whose tireless work has brought us to this pinnacle," said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender.

Specifically, the report noted that:

  • GRCCs transfer agreements allow for easy credit transfer, and contribute to the success of students who transfer to four-year institutions.
  • "GRCC provides evidence that they value broad skills that transfer to any profession or career and facilitate life-long learning."
  • Diversity is a top concern of GRCC and its programs demonstrated by the "more than 6,000 college and community members who participated in training and learning offerings at GRCCs Diversity Learning Center."
  • GRCC works hard to engage with the public, with efforts including community coffee and conversation meetings.
  • "the College's Ethics Monitoring System (EMS) could very well serve as a Best Practice for those institutions seeking an effective method of reporting, collecting, and acting on ethics violations and student complaints."

"The HLC staff and reviewers should be commended for their extensive review of the documents we submitted - and thanked for their thoughtful comments," said Donna Kragt, Dean of Institutional Research and Planning.

The AQIP program is a way for institutions to maintain their North Central Association accreditation. GRCC has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1917.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.