Tampa – Hillsborough Community College (HCC) has received confirmation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) that the college was found in compliance with the 17 select standards of the Principles of Accreditation as a component of its Fifth-Year Interim Review. The fifth-year review occurs at the mid-point between ten-year cycles of full reaffirmation of accreditation. The Committee on Fifth-Year Interim Reports requested no additional reporting, which is the strongest possible outcome for HCC’s continuing compliance with core requirements and comprehensive standards expected of accredited higher education institutions.
“Our ongoing accreditation compliance reflects the superior quality of our academic programming and the importance that we place on achieving positive student learning outcomes,” said HCC President, Dr. Ken Atwater.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is a private, non-profit, voluntary organization founded in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia, for the purpose of setting standards and improving education in the colleges and schools of the South. SACS and five other regional accrediting associations are recognized by the federal government to accredit colleges and universities. The Association’s Commission on Colleges (COC) accredits institutions awarding associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialists, or doctoral degrees in the eleven U.S. southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) and in Latin America.
Hillsborough Community College serves more than 47,000 students annually on campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Brandon, Plant City, Ruskin and Ybor City. Hillsborough Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Hillsborough Community College.