Iowa Lakes Community College is accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 800-621-7440.
In 1975, Iowa Lakes Community College was granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (now known as the Higher Learning Commission). Iowa Lakes maintained its accreditation under the traditional Self-Study process until August 2004 when the HLC accepted the college into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). This alternative to self-study is based on a continuous improvement model developed by the HLC. AQIP participation is entirely voluntary.
Iowa Lakes Community College is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. State accreditation cycles are coordinated with HLC cycles.
The college is an institutional member of the American Association of Community Colleges. Programs are approved for veteran's education and by the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Iowa Board of Nursing. Some academic programs have also sought and received accreditations. Program web pages provide details of these program-level accreditations.
The Planning & Development Office coordinates activities associated with continued institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association and the Iowa Department of Education. In August 2004, Iowa Lakes Community College was accepted for participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) by the HLC.