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BSC accreditation extended

Posted on 9/21/2012

At its meeting Aug. 20, the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, voted to continue the accreditation of Bismarck State College with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2018-19.

The notification is the result of seven years of continuous quality improvement activities on campus, culminating in a check-up Oct. 12-14, 2011, by representatives of the commission's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). BSC was evaluated as well for its ongoing ability to meet criteria for accreditation.

The team reviewed current and completed action projects and future plans with President Larry C. Skogen, his cabinet, directors of academic records, admissions and the library, department chairs and program managers, assessment committee, AQIP coordinating team, faculty and staff senates and students.

The Higher Learning Commission AQIP team conducts Quality Checkup site visits at institutions during the fifth and sixth year in every seven-year cycle of AQIP participation.

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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

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