Arapahoe Community College Accreditation

Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The accreditation process requires ACC personnel to extensively examine and reevaluate the College's mission, values, goals and its ability to effectively serve all constituents, especially students.

Transition from the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) Accreditation Model to the Open Pathway Accreditation Model

Regional accreditation as carried out by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets threshold standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. In a time of rapid change, the public has grown skeptical of quality assurance that appears to look at an institution only once every ten years (the PEAQ) model).

In response, the Commission has developed a concept of multiple pathways for seeking and maintaining accreditation that seeks to offer greater value to institutions through its processes and greater credibility to the public in its quality assurance. The Commission currently has two programs for continued accreditation: the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality Improvement Program (PEAQ) and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

The Higher Learning Commission is phasing out the PEAQ Program and replacing it with the Open Pathway or the Standard Pathway. The third pathway available for continued accreditation is AQIP and will continue to be an option. In May 2011, after thoughtful consideration, the ACC Leadership Team voted to transition from PEAQ to the Open Pathway Model, as ACC meets the Open Pathway eligibility requirements;  it is also a better fit for ACC than AQIP. The Standard Pathway is for institutions not eligible for the Open Pathway or the AQIP Pathway. Detailed information about the Open Pathway Model can be found at

ACC is scheduled for reaffirmation review in 2016-2017. Transition to the Open Pathway Model will begin during the 2012-2013 academic year. Please review the transition timeline for ACC.