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Eastern Arizona College seeks public comment

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Eastern Arizona College seeks public comment

By Todd Haynie

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is seeking comments from the public in preparation for a comprehensive evaluation site visit February 6-7, 2017, as part of its reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

EAC has been accredited by the HLC since 1966. The team will review the College’s ongoing ability to meet the HCL’s Criteria for Accreditation. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis.

Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 1100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region.

The Higher Learning Commission has three pathways for maintaining accreditation. Institutions in good standing with the Higher Learning Commission can select the pathway that works best for the institution, while institutions that are under monitoring or sanctions are put in a specific pathway.

Eastern Arizona College has maintained good standing with the Higher Learning Commission since its initial accreditation and such has been able to select the pathway that works best for the College. From 2003-2012, EAC chose to be on the AQIP pathway for accreditation which is a rigorous model that focuses on continuous improvement. In 2012, EAC chose to transition to a new model called Open Pathway. This model still focuses on continuous improvement but puts more of the earnest on the College to identify and manage continuous improvement projects.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to:

Public Comment on Eastern Arizona College

Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public is also encouraged to submit comments online on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by January 9, 2017. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.