Accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that helps colleges and universities assure and advance quality in their educational programs. Accreditation:

  • Assures the quality and integrity of MCC's programs and services.
  • Allows students to transfer credits to other accredited colleges and universities.
  • Enables students to obtain financial aid and veteran's services.
  • Empowers the college to participate in projects funded by federal grants.
  • Assists the college with recruiting and retaining quality faculty and staff.

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Higher Learning Commission

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Pathways Pioneer

In the fall of 2010, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) invited Mesa Community College, along with a cohort of other colleges and universities, to help develop and pilot a new accreditation process. This new process, called Pathways, has two focuses: Assurance and Improvement. The assurance process asks a college to submit evidence of its effectiveness and responsibility. The improvement process tasks institutions to develop an ambitious and meaningful Quality Initiative, as evidence of the institution’s commitment to improvement.


As part of the HLC's Open Pathway, MCC is in the process of updating its Assurance Argument to be submitted in June 2019. MCC last engaged in the Assurance Process that culminated in a comprehensive evaluation visit and federal compliance review in March of 2015. As a result of this successful visit, the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council continued the accreditation of MCC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2024-25.


informed improvement (ii)

MCC’s Quality Initiative, called informed improvement, empowers a culture of evidence-based decision-making dedicated to advancing student success. Informed improvement acknowledges the 21st century community college’s greatly increased capacity to gather and analyze relevant data, and to deploy that information to make the most effective use of the college’s resources. Placing an iterative process of critical inquiry at the heart of every college unit’s planning processes, informed improvement is premised upon the realization that every aspect of the college contributes to student learning and success.

In January of 2015, MCC received a Quality Initiative Recommendation indicating that the HLC formally accepted our informed improvement initiative as having completed Quality Initiative requirement. In the report, the HLC praised the college's "focused purpose and excellent work."  There were many outcomes of the project that drew praises, especially the shift in the college's culture and processes towards evidence-based decision-making dedicated to student success.