Higher Learning Commission

What's Happening Now?

CCD has received the final decisions regarding reaccreditation. The status of our accreditation can be found in this final report.

How long has CCD been accredited?

Community College of Denver was first accredited in 1975 and has been continuously accredited.

What is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)?

There are six regional accrediting bodies across the United States, which are responsible for accreditation of college and universities. Community College of Denver is accredited under the Higher Learning Commission. The work of the HLC is shaped by its mission of "Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning."

Have a Question? Want to help?

Email us at HLC@ccd.edu.

Assumed Practices

All colleges are expected to adhere to the Assumed Practices. These are practices that all colleges are presumed to be doing, and is used as the foundation of our college practices.

Assumed Practices Document

Reaffirmation Document

HLC specifies five criteria accreditation, which are addressed in a document called the Assurance Argument. Please read the Assurance Argument before our visit in March.

  1. Mission: CCD’s mission is clear and stated publicly; the mission documents guide what we do.           
  2. Integrity: Ethical & responsible conduct; CCD acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
  3. Teaching & Learning: Quality, resources, & support; CCD provides high-quality education, wherever (on campus, at an additional location, in a high school) and however (online, face to face, hybrid) courses are offered.
  4. Teaching & Learning: Evaluation & improvement; CCD demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services. CCD evaluates the effectiveness of student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
  5. Resources, planning & institutional effectiveness: CCD’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

Email your comments to HLC@ccd.edu.

Federal Compliance Document

All colleges must meet mandated federal compliance guidelines. Open forums to discuss this will be done in the spring.

The areas of federal compliance are:

  • Institutional Records of Student complaints: We will explain how we process student complaints, mainly through our incident reporting system and the extenuating circumstances committee.
  • Publication of Transfer Policies: This covers both what credits we accept in as transfer, and what articulations we have with other institutions who accept our credits.
  • Practices for Verification of Student Identity: Focusing on on-line instruction, we will explain the process we go through to ensure the student in the class is the student of record.
  • Title IV Program Responsibilities: Title IV funding provides students with financial aid to attend school. In order to continue to be able to offer Title IV funding, we need to explain our default rates, Clery act compliance, financial aid policies, satisfactory academic progress (SAP) process, attendance policy, and any contractual and consortial relationships we enjoy.
  • Required Information for Students and the Public: We must demonstrate where in our website and catalog we provide information on our academic calendar, grading policies, admissions policy, academic program requirements, tuition, fees, and refund policies.
  • Advertising and Recruitment Materials and Other Public Information: We must demonstrate that our marketing materials are accurate.
  • Review of Student Outcome Data: We must demonstrate how we use student information of program completion, job placement, and licensing examination information to improve student outcomes.
  • Publication of Student Outcome Data: We must demonstrate that we publish on our website student information on program completion, job placement, and license examination pass rates.
  • Standing with State and Other Accrediting Agencies: Several of our programs maintain outside accreditation, and we must publish that.
  • Public Notification and Opportunity to Comment: This includes a Public Comment in which we will be soliciting comments from the general public and students about CCD.
  • Credit Hour, Program Length, and Tuition review worksheet: This is a worksheet that reviews all of our courses we offer and assures that we meet the requirements for both on-ground and on-line courses.

Report & Timeline

The findings of our accreditation can be found in this final report.

  Fall
2017
Advising
 
Advising Director and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness will together assess student experiences with advising.
Strategic Plan SP will create a clear plan on how they will improve outcomes based on evidence they collect.
Diversity The Director of IE will assess the HR affirmative action plans and follow up to evaluate if it has been effective in increasing our diverse hiring practices.
Program Review Program Review process will be designed based on the ASB results.
Staff Issues Executives will implement a staff association to give a voice to staff that will allow them to coordinate support across departments, and have unified input into decisions made at CCD.
  Spring Summer Fall
2018
Advising Faculty will be given the results of the assessment, and will work with advising, and the Director of IE to develop data-driven improvements to the advising model.    
Strategic Plan Executives will discuss the benefits of strengthening our Institutional Research capacity. SP will engage in and evaluate to ensure that our budget aligns with our mission and strategic plan. SP will begin the process of creating the next five-year plan.
Diversity The Director of IE will work with HR to improve the affirmative action plan. Executives will evaluate the benefits of a Director of Multi-cultural Affairs. TLC will create PD around under prepared students, first-generation students, and students with undiagnosed mental health issues.
Program Review All relevant stakeholders will be trained on the program review process, and the first reports will be due.   CCD will develop a mechanism that will allow students to easily distinguish between CCD and CCC online courses.
Online Classes     CCD will develop a mechanism that will allow students to easily distinguish between CCD and CCC online courses.
Lowry A formal evaluation of student services offered at Lowry will be conducted (with an emphasis on financial aid and tutoring), including student surveys, to determine improvements that can be made.   Results of this assessment will be shared broadly with the college, and improvements made.
Staff Issues   Executives will review their staff to determine if additional training is necessary, given the consolidation of work. Improvements to staff training will be implemented.
  Spring Summer Fall
2019
Advising The new model of advising will be assessed by the Director of IE and improvements will be made based on that assessment.    
Mission Statement     SP will revisit the mission statement in order to better align with our demographic and personnel changes, our HSI status, our diverse constituencies.
Strategic Plan SP will evaluate the effectiveness of their plan to improve outcomes based on evidence they collect. This will include mechanisms to ensure that we are funding appropriately.   SP will finalize the next five year plan.
Diversity   The Director of IE will assess the HR affirmative action plans and follow up to evaluate if it has been effective in increasing our diverse hiring practices.  
Program Review Program review reports will be due. The Director of IE will assess, with the Provost, the efficacy of the program review process. Improvements to the program review process will be discussed with faculty
Online Classes   CCD will assess the effectiveness of the online distinction system, and make improvements.  
Lowry Student life will work with Lowry colleagues to develop club and organization involvement for our Lowry students    
Staff Issues Director of IE will assess the Staff Association for efficacy. Improvements based on the assessment of the Staff Association will be implemented. The Director of IE will assess the improvements made to staff training efforts.
  Spring Fall
2020
Mission Statement   CCD will begin to prominently display the mission statement throughout the college.
Diversity The Director of IE will work with HR to improve the Affirmative action plan.  
Program Review Program review reports will be due.  
Lowry The Director of IE will assess the efficacy of both the increased student support services at Lowry, and the club and organizational involvement at Lowry. Improvements  to Lowry's student support services and club/organization structure will be made based on the assessment
Staff Issues Improvements based on the assessment will be implemented  

The Oversight Committee was created to provide oversight to the HLC Re-affirmation process.  This committee will continue to meet and discuss all things relevant to HLC and to provide guidance on the reporting process.

HLC Oversight Committee Minutes