Higher Learning Commission

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Higher Learning Commission
HLC operating area
Abbreviation HLC
Predecessor North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Formation 2014
Purpose Higher education accreditation
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Region served
Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Main organ
Board of Directors
Affiliations CHEA
Website hlcommission.org

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an organization tasked with the regional accreditation responsibilities for post-secondary education institutions in the central United States. The Higher Learning Commission oversees the accreditation of degree-granting colleges and universities in nineteen Midwestern and South-Central states, including Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The headquarters of the organization is based in Chicago, Illinois.

The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the Commission as the assigned regional accrediting organization.[1][2] HLC grew out of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) which dissolved in 2014.[3]

See also

  • AdvancED (accrediting agency for primary and secondary schools that evolved from the NCA).


  1. "College Accreditation in the United States: Regional and National Institutional Accrediting Agencies". United States Department of Education. Retrieved 2009-11-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Regional Accrediting Organizations 2009-2010". Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Retrieved 2009-11-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "About the Higher Learning Commission". Higher Learning Commission. 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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