Antioch College receives accreditation
- Published: July 13, 2016
The big news came in a small way. Antioch College President Tom Manley received an email at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 11, informing him that the Higher Learning Commission, or HLC, had granted Antioch accreditation.
“This is the best possible news we could have gotten,” Manley said on Tuesday, clearly exuberant.
Antioch has been accredited on the “standard track,” meaning it will be up for reaccreditation in 10 years, with a check-in in 2019–2020. Accreditation by the HLC or other authorized body is considered essential for legitimizing an academic institution’s programs in the U.S. It’s proof of a “high standard of rigor,” Provost Lori Collins-Hall said on Tuesday.
But accreditation also means that the college will be able to tap funding sources not previously available, and it will give Antioch a boost in student recruitment, college leaders added. And because accreditation dates will be aligned with 2016 graduation dates, the just-graduated class of 2016 will receive degrees from an accredited Antioch.
Antioch has been on the road to accreditation since the independent college reopened in 2009. Accreditation is a multi-step, multi-year process involving a combination of self-study, site visits and extensive documentation of everything from an institution’s finances and governance to its curriculum and student success.
Read a more detailed story in the July 14 issue of the News.
Below, Antioch College President Tom Manley shares the positive accreditation news in a video announcement (courtesy of Antioch College).