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Grand Rapids Community College celebrates reaffirmation of accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaffirmed accreditation for Grand Rapids Community College recognizing GRCC’s commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement. GRCC has consistently maintained accreditation since 1917.

The accreditation review process, which occurs every ten years, is a rigorous evaluation of the institution’s educational programs, services and operations. 

Nearly 80 faculty and staff members served on GRCC’s HLC Reaffirmation Steering Committee and Criterion Subcommittees to document how we provide excellence in higher education. Faculty, staff, students and community members also participated in forums to share their experiences at GRCC.

“We are proud to be reaffirmed of our accreditation,” said GRCC President Charles W. Lepper, Ph.D. “This recognition is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students in maintaining the highest standards of academic quality and integrity.” 

The accreditation process involved a comprehensive self-study conducted by our institution, followed by a peer review visit from a team of educators selected by the HLC. The team assessed GRCC’s compliance with the HLC’s accreditation criteria, which includes its mission, ethics, teaching and learning quality and institutional effectiveness.

“For more than 100 years, GRCC has proudly held a higher education quality assurance accreditation,” stated GRCC Board of Trustees Chair Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, Ed.S. “Receiving reaffirmation of our accreditation acknowledges our institution’s long-standing commitment to providing an accessible, affordable and high quality education that leads to high-demand opportunities and deepened joy for our graduates.”

Accreditation by HLC affirms GRCC’s academic programs meet rigorous standards and students receive a valuable education that prepares them for success in their chosen fields.