Accreditation is when schools must meet a certain quality standards (set by the accrediting agency), be evaluated by an outside group of professionals, and implement a school improvement plan focused on increasing student performance. Accreditation is voluntary.
Delta College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Initial accreditation was granted the College in October 1962 by the Michigan Commission on College Accreditation. A status study to prepare for candidacy was submitted to the NCA in May 1964, as a first step toward regional accreditation. College officials were notified in July 1966 that the College had been accepted as a candidate for accreditation based on a report of a NCA visitation team. The Self-Study Report was completed in May 1967, and accreditation was granted in April of 1968. NCA has subsequently reaccredited the College in 1973, 1984, 1993, 2004 and 2013. For inquiries regarding accreditation, contact The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604; telephone 800-621-7440; fax 312-263-7462; e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org or access the Web site at www.hlcommission.org.
Several occupational academic programs also have received additional accreditation status from their corresponding professional boards, councils or regulatory groups.
Delta College has also been accepted to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), which was launched in July 1999 with a generous grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. AQIP infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With AQIP, an institution demonstrates that it meets accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of events that align with those ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving to improve their performance.
Delta College is a charter member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. It hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with its member colleges, corporate partners and other agencies in its continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.