FLINT — The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has approved Mott Community College (MCC) full rights to offer quality e-learning classes as needed in order to meet the needs of our student population.
The College had previously been approved and accredited to offer distance education on individual courses. The new approval accredits the College to offer distance/online education in courses and programs, meaning that students are now able to complete some degrees entirely online.
“Demand for distance education (online and hybrid) education has been growing nationally and at MCC. Our students asked for more online classes, and we listened,” said Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, MCC President. In order to assure educational quality in online delivery methods, the government and all accrediting bodies have tightened up their process for approving an institution’s ability to provide distance education. “We are very pleased to have Mott College’s course and programs meet the standard of excellence set by the Higher Learning Commission,” she added.
“This is important for students who cannot otherwise attend scheduled classes,” said Dr. Amy Fugate, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “There are many reasons students need to pursue their education online, whether because of work restrictions or family obligations. This enables Mott College to offer students an opportunity to continue their education no matter the circumstances.”
“Gaining this approval from the HLC is a tribute to the faculty and staff who were early pioneers in this field, and have continued to work to improve this form of teaching and learning,” said Fugate. “The quality of our distance education courses has been recognized with this approval.”
The first degree program launch an online option this year is Early Childhood Education, as well as coursework for the Child Development Associate training certificate, according to Mary Cusack, Dean of Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division. Beginning with the winter semester the Business Division will offer the Accounting Program online, said Stephen Shubert, Dean of the Business Division. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. The HLC has the following four levels for distance education accreditation:
• The institution has not been approved for distance education.
• Approval for distance education is limited to courses.
• Approval for distance education is limited to courses and one program.
• Approved for distance education courses and programs The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. — G.G.