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Eastern Arizona College seeks public comment

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Eastern Arizona College seeks public comment

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is seeking comments from the public in preparation for a quality checkup site visit April 1-3, 2009, as part of its reaffirmation of accreditation through The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College has been accredited by the Commission since 1966.

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.

Eastern Arizona College engages in a continuous improvement process known as the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). An evaluation team will visit the institution to affirm the accuracy of Eastern’s online systems portfolio, an overview of the systems the College uses to accomplish its mission and objectives. The team will also review the College’s progress on its self-identified action projects. The team will report its findings to Eastern and to the AQIP Review Panel on Reaffirmation of Accreditation. The panel will forward the results of its review to the Institutional Actions Council, which will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for Eastern.

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

Public Comment on Eastern Arizona College
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments may also be submitted online, via the web site, under the “File Third-Party Comments” link.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by March 1, 2009. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comments.