Accreditation

 

Accreditation

As an institution, Rock Valley College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and by the Illinois Community College Board.

Rock Valley College Mid-cycle Comprehensive Review 2019

The College submitted an assurance argument (formerly known as a self-study report) to the Higher Learning Commission on February 4, 2019.  After reviewing the document and supporting materials, a team visited the College March 4 -5, 2019 to review the College's ongoing commitment to meeting the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.


Rock Valley College Self Study 2014

The College submitted a self-study report to the Higher Learning Commission on February 3, 2014. After reviewing the document and supporting materials, a team visited the College March 31 through April 2, 2014 to review the College's ongoing commitment to meeting the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.

 

 

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Accreditation by the Commission and by other nationally recognized agencies provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet the agency's clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.

Accreditation provides both public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity and incentive for self-improvement in the accredited institution. The Commission reaches the conclusion that a college or university meets the Criteria only after the institution opens itself to outside examination by experienced evaluators familiar with accrediting requirements and with higher education. The process of accreditation provides the accredited institution with an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from persons from other institutions.

No. The college or university to which the student has applied determines transferability of credits and degrees. Transferability depends on the college or university at which credits or degrees were earned, how well the credits mesh with the curriculum offered by the school to which the student wishes to transfer, and how well the student did in the courses. Many institutions choose to consider the accredited status of the college at which the credit or degree was earned as one factor in the transfer decision. Some have specific agreements with other colleges or universities guaranteeing transfer of credits. Institutions should be prepared to explain their policies on transfer and the factors in an individual transfer decision. 

Students should be skeptical of any school that makes unqualified assertions that its credits will transfer to all other schools. Anyone planning to transfer credits should, at the earliest opportunity, consult the receiving institution about the transfer—before taking the courses for transfer, if possible.

Find out more about how your credits will transfer from RVC.

Program Accreditation & Licensure Agencies

In addition to accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, a number of RVC programs hold special program accreditation as well.