LEC receives reaffirmation of accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission


Lake Erie College announced today that The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has voted to reaffirm the College’s institutional accreditation. This decision, made at the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) meeting on March 26-27, follows a comprehensive reaffirmation review visit to campus in December of 2017.

The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The independent corporation is responsible for accrediting degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions in 19 states.

Receiving HLC accreditation means an institution meets recognized standards of education regarding the institution’s mission, governance, financial stability, teaching and learning, and relations with its constituents, as well as its compliance with federal education requirements.

“I am incredibly proud of this achievement by the College,” said President Brian Posler, Ph.D. “Accreditation shows expert, external confirmation that we continue to meet our mission for our students. Nationally, given how many colleges have struggled in recent years to meet these standards, this is a remarkable achievement.”

Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president for academic affairs, chief academic officer, and accreditation liaison officer, echoed these sentiments.

“Lake Erie College’s reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission is a tremendous accomplishment for the College,” he said. “Most importantly, it is a validation of our commitment to ensuring a quality student learning experience on the part of our faculty, staff, and our entire campus community.”

LEC’s next reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in 2027-2028. For more information on the College’s HLC accreditation, contact Dr. DePoy at bdepoy@lec.edu.

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