Accreditation

Accreditation

Why Accreditation Matters

To ensure the quality of your education, Kirkwood follows the criteria established by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in partnership with state and federal governments. 

Accreditation by HLC means:

  • Kirkwood’s mission is clear and articulated publicly. Our mission guides everything we do.
  • We act with integrity. We are ethical and responsible.
  • Kirkwood is committed to providing the highest quality education possible regardless of how it is delivered.
  • We constantly evaluate the effectiveness of our programs through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
  • Kirkwood’s resources, structures and processes fulfill our mission, improve the quality of our offerings and allow us to respond to future challenges and opportunities.

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Resources

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Program Accreditation

Learn more about specific accreditations earned and maintained by Kirkwood career programs. 

Program Accreditation

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Consumer Information

Find key data about Kirkwood's student achievement outcomes, federal loan default rates, and more. 

Consumer Information

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Nondiscrimination Policy

Find information about our nondiscrimination policy as well as information about where to submit complaints. 

Nondiscrimination Policy

About HLC

Kirkwood Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission NCA. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditation agencies in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Standard Pathways
Prepare Assurance Filing 2020 – 2023
Comprehensive Evaluation  2024
Prepare Assurance Filing  2025 – 2029
Comprehensive Evaluation For Reaffirmation of Accreditation  2030

Purpose of Iowa State Accreditation

The purpose of state accreditation is to confirm that each of Iowa’s community colleges are offering, educational opportunities and services consistent with state standards, as prescribed by Iowa Code section 260C.48 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-IAC 24. The process also assures the public that its tax-supported educational institutions are operating at expected levels of efficiency and effectiveness.

More about the Iowa Department of Education

 

Visit Schedule

The next Iowa Department of Education visit is in 2025.

Questions? Reach Out

Patrick Clemence
Accreditation Liaison Officer
Executive Director Of Institutional Effectiveness
236 Nielson Hall 
Patrick.Clemence@Kirkwood.edu
319-398-7631
Dr. Connie Thurman
Chief Officer, Institutional Effectiveness
236 Nielson Hall
Connie.Thurman@Kirkwood.edu