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2020 Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Evaluation of Rochester Community and Technical College

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in a region spanning 19 states.  A full review of accreditation is conducted every ten years.  During the ten-year cycle, HLC conducts a mid-point evaluation in year four.  The next evaluation of Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) occurs this fall, with a site visit November 9-10, 2020. This is a year four mid-point evaluation.  To prepare for this visit, the College submitted an Assurance Argument demonstrating our compliance with the criteria for accreditation in October 2020.

RCTC has been accredited since 1923 and received the last full reaffirmation of accreditation in 2017.  RCTC’s next full reaffirmation will occur in 2027.


Peer Review

On November 9 and 10, 2020, a peer review team from the HLC will visit RCTC.  Most of the reviewers will be off-site due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Peer review in accreditation is based on the fundamental assumption that quality in higher education is best served when peers in higher education, informed by standards created and applied by professionals in higher education, make team-based judgments about institutional quality using multiple types of evidence. Reviewers are peers – faculty, staff, and administrators – from other HLC-accredited institutions.


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