Higher Learning Commission Removes College of DuPage’s Probationary Status

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By COD Newsroom

Following a nearly two-year review process, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the accrediting body of College of DuPage, has removed the College’s probationary status. The HLC stated it took this action based on the College’s ability to “demonstrate that it meets HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.”  Click here to read HLC’s full public disclosure.

The College, which retained accreditation throughout this process, was placed on probation Dec. 9, 2015. The HLC took this action citing concerns related to “operating with integrity and governance of the College.”

“The HLC review process was comprehensive and it provided us an opportunity to thoroughly review our practices and ultimately strengthen the College,” said College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau. “We are grateful to the HLC Board of Trustees for their vote to remove the sanction of probation. It is a time to be proud of the extraordinary efforts executed by the entire College community. We have work ahead, and I am confident that we will lead in setting the standard.”

While the sanction of probation has been removed, the HLC will continue to monitor the College’s progress through a May 2018 report and a focused review in September 2019.

“I am thrilled that the Higher Learning Commission confirmed that the College has earned its accreditation,” said Chairman Deanne Mazzochi. “We would not be here today without the hard work and cooperation of every College stakeholder—the Board, administration, faculty, students and the community. Dr. Rondeau took the helm to sail us past this vital step, and we now have benchmarks for even greater progress. We are pleased and very proud of everyone involved in getting us to this day, and even more enthusiastic about where we can go from here. No question, today is a very important and big day in the history of the College. Onward!”