Lakeland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is one of three HLC pathways of accreditation. It was developed by the HLC to provide a model of continuous quality improvement (CQI) to institutions of higher education to maintain their accreditation. In the AQIP 8-year cycle, an institution has the opportunity to demonstrate it meets the HLC's accreditation standards and expectations as defined in the Core Criteria for Accreditation.
AQIP institutions are required to demonstrate their CQI journey throughout the eight-year cycle by involvement in these areas:
Annual Update Reports
Comprehensive Quality Review
At Lakeland, AQIP is an institutional initiative that seeks the input of all stakeholders. Everyone is in the entire college community is encouraged to be an active participant.