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College Welcomes Visit from Regional Accrediting Agency, March 3 – 5

After two years of intensive preparation which included extensive documentation and community input, Anoka Technical College is pleased to welcome the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, the regional accrediting agency.

From March 3-5, 2014, a team representing the Commission will review the Anoka Tech’s ongoing ability to meet the commission's criteria for accreditation.

According to the college’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Heidi Haagenson, who has coordinated the preparation, the self-study process leading up to reaccreditation is extensive. At Anoka Technical College, the process began two years ago with the gathering of evidence to support Anoka Tech’s compliance with 21 standards relating to such items as the college’s mission and how it is carried out; ethical and responsible conduct; the quality of the college’s teaching and learning and how that learning is evaluated; financial performance; planning processes; and a host of other areas.

“Accreditation is important not only to the college but to its students,” continued Haagenson. “For example, students would not have access to several federal financial aid programs without it. Additionally, if students want to transfer to other colleges, the receiving college is much more apt to accept the course if it comes from an accredited college.”

Anoka Technical College was granted initial accreditation in 1999, and its most recent accreditation was granted in 2004.

“The rigorous accreditation and reaccreditation processes assure that Anoka Technical College meets a stringent set of quality standards that colleges across the country must meet in order to offer the best possible educational experience for their students,” added Haagenson. “We at Anoka Tech welcome the Higher Learning Commission comprehensive visit team to show off our great college and all it has to offer.”

Anoka Tech also boasts individual accreditation of several it academic programs including: Health Information Technology by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM); Medical Assistant by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP); Occupational Therapist Assistant by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); Practical Nursing, approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing; Surgical Technology by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs; and Judicial Reporting by the National Court Reports Association (NCRA).

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