Open Pathway for Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Phoenix College, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
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In preparation for Phoenix College’s comprehensive visit scheduled for April 25-26, 2016, the college began the transition to the HLC Open Pathway model for continued accreditation approximately two years ago.
The two main parts of the accreditation process are the Quality Initiative and the documentation of how Phoenix College meets the five criteria for accreditation. The college’s Quality Initiative consists of participation in the HLC Assessment Academy, which involves developing and implementing a four-year sequence of activities focused on accelerating and advancing efforts to assess and improve student learning, both for General Education and for college programs and courses. To demonstrate PC's adherence to the five criteria for accreditation, a broad cross-section of college personnel are actively involved in reviewing and documenting the college’s activities and practices, writing evidence arguments for each of the criteria. Supporting documentation for these evidence arguments will be refined and posted to the HLC website.