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The Higher Learning Commission

The Community College of Aurora is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions by evaluating each institution as a whole. The evaluation covers formal educational activities, student academic achievement, governance and administration, financial stability, resources, admissions and student personnel services, organizational effectiveness, and relationships with outside constituencies. The HLC can be contacted at the following:

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Phone: 800-621-7440 or 312-263-0456
Fax: 312-263-7462
Email: info@hlcommission.org

Please visit the Higher Learning Commission Website

CCA and HLC Accreditation

CCA has been accredited by the HLC since 1988. The college submits annual updates to the HLC and has two comprehensive evaluations each ten years, the last one in 2016 and the next one in 2023. These evaluations are for continued accreditation and include short visits to the college by an HLC team and the submission of an electronic Assurance Argument and related documents including a Federal Compliance report that provide evidence that CCA continues to meet the HLC criteria for accreditation. 

The HLC also makes a visit every five years to evaluate if CCA is providing the necessary level of oversight to our additional locations. These are locations physically separate from our CentreTech campus where students can earn 50 percent or more of the credits needed for a degree or certificate. They are primarily high schools where the college offers concurrent enrollment classes.

The Commission also evaluates and approves substantial changes the college proposes such as new degrees, certificates, and locations.

To directly access CCA's specific accreditation information on the HLC website, please click on the Mark of Affiliation:

Since 2016, the college has submitted several reports to the Commission. These include:

Additional Accreditation

The college discloses accurately to the public and the HLC its relationship with any specialized, professional, or institutional accreditor and with all governing or coordinating bodies in states in which CCA has a presence. CCA does not hold any specialized accreditation with a single agency that covers one-third or more of either the college’s offerings or its students. The following CCA programs are accredited/approved by special agencies:

Paralegal – The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals.

Emergency Medical Services The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy - The Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for Colorado law enforcement officer certification training.

State Authorization

The Community College of Aurora is currently working cooperatively with higher education authorities in all states and other U.S. jurisdictions to ensure compliance with state authorization requirements that govern the offering of courses in those states, including complaint processes. The Community College of Aurora is a participating SARA institution; for more information on the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), please visit the NC-Sara website.

Currently the Community College of Aurora has approval to offer courses in the following states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Community College of Aurora is currently NOT authorized to offer courses in the following states:

California is not a member of NC-SARA. The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (CBPPE) regulates distance education offerings of private institutions to residents of California. Since the Community College of Aurora is a public institution, CCA is exempt from approval by the CBPPE. Students residing in California who are pursuing degrees / certificates at CCA that will lead to a professional licensure are strongly encouraged to consult with the appropriate licensing agency in California to verify that the degree / certificate offered by CCA will meet any California licensing requirements, prior to starting the degree / certificate.

If you are not an on-campus student at the Community College of Aurora and plan to enroll in distance classes, please check the information provided above to verify that your state has either authorized or exempted our college to offer such classes or programs to you as a resident of that state.

If you reside in an “unauthorized” state and plan to take distance education classes, please note that we are not authorized or exempted to offer distance education classes or programs to you as a resident of an “unauthorized” state.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kristen Cusack at Kristen.Cusack@ccaurora.edu

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