Madison College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. 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.
Each year, the HLC requires each member institution to provide an update on organizational health. Completion of the Annual Institutional Data Update (AIDU) is a requirement of affiliation with the Commission. The AIDU is accessible from March 1 - April 16.
The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is the reaffirmation of accreditation process developed by the HLC to guide colleges in their efforts to be quality institutions. In the reaffirmation procedure, which occurs every seven years, an institution has the opportunity to demonstrate it meets the Higher Learning Commission's accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of events that naturally align with those ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving to improve their performance. By sharing both its advancement activities and the results of these actions with AQIP, an institution provides the HLC with the evidence it needs both to make a public quality assurance judgment and to support and to assist the institution in its efforts to excel at achieving the distinctive higher education mission it has set for itself.
AQIP has five core processes that play an integral part in the reaffirmation of accreditation (PDF, 795 KB) of the College - Action Projects, Systems Portfolio, Systems Appraisal, Strategy Forum, and the Quality Checkup Visit, which enables the College to demonstrate its ongoing requirements of the Commission's criteria for accreditation.
Additional information about the HLC's Academic Quality Improvement Program can be found on the AQIP website.