Rend Lake College underwent a comprehensive evaluation visit Nov. 17-19, 2008, by a team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. They were here to decide whether or not to recommend the college for continued accreditation and to what degree. Accreditation is extremely important to the integrity and functionality of the college.
Rend Lake College has been accredited since 1969. Voluntary accreditation is an activity of great importance to Rend Lake College and the community it serves. The process ensures that RLC is accountable – that our programs are effective and that we are delivering on our guarantees of educational quality.
This extensive self-examination allowed RLC to review its progress since the last study in 1999 and the subsequent follow-up report in 2004. It also helped us identify things we do well, things upon which we can improve and how to go about making those improvements. Accreditation is critical for participation in many state and federal programs which benefit higher education.
On Nov. 19, 2008, the college once again received recommendation for the maximum 10 years of continued accreditation with no focus visit necessary before the next visit in 2018-2019. On July 14, 2009, the recommendation was upheld and accreditation was made official by the Higher Learning Commission.