Iowa Lakes Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 800-621-7440, and participates in the Standard Pathway, one of several pathways leading to reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.
The Standard Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with HLC. It follows a 10-year cycle and is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. These improvement topics are integrated into comprehensive evaluations conducted during the cycle.
Institutions undergo a comprehensive evaluation (during year four) to ensure they are meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. The second comprehensive evaluation (during year ten) conducted in the Standard Pathway cycle follows the same process as the evaluation conducted in Year 4. The Year 10 evaluation leads to an action regarding the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation.
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 Iowa Lakes Community College concurrent enrollment program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.
The Planning & Development Office coordinates activities associated with continued institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Iowa Department of Education.