HLC Self Study
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Introduction to the Institutional Self-Study

Chapter 1

The 2011-2012 academic year marks a significant milestone as Estrella Mountain Community College hosts its third accreditation visit with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). During the first two visits, Estrella Mountain focused on efforts to become a comprehensive community college by highlighting access to the various degrees, programs and services it was delivering to its surrounding communities. During the third accreditation visit, the Institution intends not only to demonstrate to HLC that Estrella Mountain is still on the path to becoming more comprehensive, but that the College is doing it as a learning-centered organization that deeply values teaching, learning and caring. This self-study will accomplish that by responding to the four HLC cross-cutting themes:

  • Estrella Mountain Community College is a future-oriented organization
  • Estrella Mountain Community College is a learning-centered organization
  • Estrella Mountain Community College is a connected organization
  • Estrella Mountain Community College is a distinctive organization

This self-study report is organized around the Higher Learning Commission’s five Criteria for Accreditation and includes the following:

  • An introduction to Estrella Mountain Community College
  • The College’s profile and accreditation history, including significant changes and responses to concerns from the 2002 visit
  • Five chapters that address the HLC’s criteria for evaluation:
    • Criterion 1: Mission and Integrity
    • Criterion 2: Preparing for the Future
    • Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching
    • Criterion 4: Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge
    • Criterion 5: Engagement and Service
  • Summary and Future Outlook