LTCC accreditation reaffirmed
Special to the Tribune
Lake Tahoe Community College recently received the highest level of accreditation possible from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). That puts the college in great standing until its next comprehensive accreditation review in October 2017.
LTCC’s administration was notified that the college’s accreditation had been reaffirmed by the ACCJC based on the college’s midterm report submitted in Fall 2014, half-way through the six-year accreditation cycle. To have accreditation reaffirmed is the highest level a college can achieve in this process. It means that LTCC substantially met or exceeded all of the Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards and Commission policies of the ACCJC.
“I am really proud of our college today,” said LTCC Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo. “Despite the fact that we’re a small college that has had financial difficulties from time to time over the years, we’ve always kept our accreditation status in great standing. That’s a testament to our hard work and the consistency of our efforts to operate LTCC at the highest level.”
Accreditation is important to a college for several reasons. For one, all federal financial aid funding is tied to a college’s accreditation status. In 2013/14, LTCC handed out approximately $2.3 million in federal financial aid to approximately 700 students, according to LTCC Financial Aid Director Julie Cathie. Accreditation is also important because it ensures that the units a student earns at LTCC are transferable to other colleges or universities.
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