Higher Learning Commission
HLC operating area
|Predecessor||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Purpose||Higher education accreditation|
|Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming|
|Board of Directors|
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an organization tasked with the regional accreditation responsibilities for post-secondary education institutions in the central United States. The Higher Learning Commission oversees the accreditation of degree-granting colleges and universities in nineteen mostly Midwestern and South-Central states, namely Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The headquarters of the organization is based in Chicago, Illinois.
The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the Commission as the assigned regional accrediting organization. HLC grew out of the higher education division of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The NCA dissolved in 2014.
- AdvancED (accrediting agency for primary and secondary schools that evolved from the NCA).
- "College Accreditation in the United States: Regional and National Institutional Accrediting Agencies". United States Department of Education. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
- "Regional Accrediting Organizations 2009-2010". Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
- "About the Higher Learning Commission". Higher Learning Commission. 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015.