Strategy and Information: Accreditation
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by colleges and universities meets acceptable levels of quality.
Henry Ford College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA/HLC) and the Michigan Commission on College Accreditation. In order to maintain this accreditation, the College is required to submit an Assurance Argument (formerly called a Self Study) and undergo a site visit from the NCA/HLC every ten years. The Assurance Argument must describe how the College meets the HLC’s criteria for accreditation and provide documentation, as evidence, that supports the argument.
The criteria for accreditation are:
Criterion One: Mission
The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
Criterion Two: Integrity–Ethical and Responsible Conduct
The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and reasonable.
Criterion Three: Teaching and Learning–Quality, Resources, and Support
The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered;
Criterion Four: Teaching and Learning–Evaluation and Improvement
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement; and
Criterion Five: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
The institution’s resources, structures and processes are efficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.
Henry Ford College is scheduled for re-accreditation in April, 2015. Once completed, the 2015 Assurance Argument will be available for viewing here. The following documents are reflective of the last accreditation visit in 2005.
In addition to all HFC programs receiving the highest level of accreditation from the NCA/HLC, many of our individual programs are accredited by the premier professional organizations in their field.
Visit HFC Accreditations for detailed information regarding individual program accreditation.