In 2019 the AQIP accreditation pathway was sunsetted by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  In response Central Community College (CCC) elected to transition to the Open Pathway accreditation model that same year.

Statement of Accreditation Status 


The U.S. Department of Education defines accreditation as the process of being validated as a viable post-secondary instructional institution by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency. 

The HLC approved Central Community College (CCC) to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in 2002. HLC started phasing out institutions in the AQIP Pathway in 2018. On September 16, 2019 HLC transitioned CCC into the Open Pathway, as shown in the following transition letter and transition map.

View the Transition Letter

View the Transition Map

Systems Portfolio

Accreditation Process

The Open Pathway follows a 10-year cycle and is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. The Open Pathway is