HLC Self Study
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Dr Ernest Lara, College PresidentWelcome to Estrella Mountain Community College’s Institutional Self-Study report for the College’s third accreditation visit with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). This website is designed to acquaint you with Estrella Mountain, by providing you the opportunity to review a self-study report that defines our journey as a future oriented, learning-centered, connected and distinctive community college.

After an intensive and collaborative self-study process, the faculty and staff at Estrella Mountain Community College firmly believe that we are achieving our vision of providing exceptional and creative learning experiences that prepare all learners to achieve their dreams and transform their lives. As an innovative institution of higher learning, this self-study documents that we are meeting our mission by not only providing our surrounding communities with access to a variety of degrees, programs and services, but that we are doing it as a learning-centered organization that deeply values teaching, learning and caring.

With a wealth of support services available to help students succeed in university transfer, workforce development and community education programs, Estrella Mountain is a vibrant learning college, alive with growth, opportunity and achievement. As you read through the pages of our self-study report, I am sure that it will reinforce to you what I already know and that is Estrella Mountain Community College is an institution deeply committed to student success.

Thank you!

Ernest A. Lara, Ph.D.