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Accreditation

Accreditation is a process in which institutions of higher learning are evaluated to ensure quality of the education they provide. As the accreditation process closely monitors all changes at accredited institutions, annual compliance reports are required of the institution and more comprehensive monitoring is done on longer-range cycles.

(accreditation) awardWhat is IPE's role in accreditation?

In order to maintain accreditation, institutions must submit reports to their accreditors which collect basic institutional data. The IPE office coordinates the data collection for these reports and submits the final report. Another major part of the accreditation cycle is a periodic reaffirmation process. This process involves the institution submitting a quality assurance report to the commission every five years and scheduling a campus visit every 10 years, by a team of representatives from other institutions of higher learning. The IPE office helps to coordinate both the assembly of the quality assurance report and the logistics for the site visit.

By whom is Colorado College accredited?

Colorado College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Our most recent comprehensive review concluded in 2018 and the next site visit will occur in 2028. The final report is available here. Colorado College’s current Statement of Accreditation is available on the HLC Website

All teacher preparation programs at Colorado College, both undergraduate and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program, are accredited jointly by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

How may these agencies be contacted?

The HLC may be contacted the following ways:

Mail: 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-14143

Phone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456

Fax: (312) 263-7462 

Email: info@hlcommission.org

The CDHE may be contacted at:

Mail: 1560 Broadway, #1600, Denver, CO 80202

Phone: (303) 862-3001

Fax: (303) 996-1329

The CDE may be contacted at:

Mail: 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203

Phone: (303) 866-6600

Fax: (303) 830-0793