Institutional Accreditation

Northwestern Michigan College is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440

To submit comments about NMC to our primary accreditation agency, contact the Higher Learning Commission »

For questions about accreditation at NMC, contact the Office of Research, Planning and Effectiveness »

Reaffirmation Of Accreditation 2019

At its meeting on July 29–30, 2019, the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) took action to continue the accreditation of NMC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2028–2029. The IAC concurred with the evaluation findings and voted to affirm NMC's eligibility to select the Standard or Open Pathway. The College took action to select the Open Pathway in the next cycle for reaffirmation of accreditation.

Key documents of the 2018–2019 Comprehensive Evaluation:

Open Pathway Of Accreditation 2019–2029

NMC is presently preparing for the 2028–2029 Reaffirmation of Accreditation within the framework of the Open Pathway, which operates on a 10-year cycle focused on ensuring quality and facilitating continuous institutional improvement. Embedded within the Open Pathway is the Quality Initiative, a component designed to give institutions the opportunity to address their current needs and aspirations. The following outlines the essential components of the Open Pathway Cycle:

  • Assurance Review 2022 (Assurance Argument and Appraisal)
  • Action Letter (Mid-Cycle)
  • Quality Initiative Project: HLC Student Success Academy 2023–2025
  • Quality Initiative Report 2026–2028
  • Comprehensive Evaluation for Reaffirmation 2028–2029

Program Accreditations