Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Triton College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1972. Triton College's Accreditation was extended the maximum of 10 years in 2014, and will be up for reaffirmation in 2024.
Triton College's central shared governance body, College Council, serves as the Steering Committee for HLC reports, self-studies, and visits.
Student Achievement Information
As required by the HLC, Triton College publishes Student Achievement Information on its website.
Triton College's HLC self-studies and reports are available to Triton College staff and faculty via the institution's employee portal.
Where necessary or appropriate to its educational purposes, Triton maintains specialized accreditation for its programs to ensure that students are appropriately prepared to achieve in their educational and/or occupational goals.
Triton currently maintains programmatic accreditation through the following accreditors:
Information regarding a specific program’s specialized accreditation may also be found on the program’s page in our Institutional Catalog.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. It is also a process known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.
Why is Accreditation Important?
Accreditation provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that Triton College’s offerings and services meet a certain qualitative standard and fulfill the college’s mission. It is also required in order to qualify for many types of funding, including grants and Title IV aid. Most importantly, it encourages a culture of continuous evaluation and improvement in all functional areas.
Who Accredits Triton College?
Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Where necessary or appropriate to its educational purposes, Triton College maintains specialized accreditation (also known as programmatic accreditation) for its programs to ensure that students are appropriately prepared to achieve in their educational and/or occupational goals.
How is Triton College Evaluated by its Institutional Accreditor?
The Higher Learning Commission evaluates Triton College based on its fulfillment of five criteria:
- Criterion One: Mission
- Criterion Two: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
- Criterion Three: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support
- Criterion Four: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
- Criterion Five: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
For more information regarding these criteria, please visit HLC's Website.
Who is Triton College’s HLC Steering Committee and What Role Do They Play in the Accreditation Process?
Triton College’s steering committee is its central shared governance body, College Council. The College Council includes representation from all of Triton’s employee groups, as well as representation from various departmental areas. The Council provides oversight to the College’s accreditation activities and guidance to the various leadership bodies within the governance structure on accreditation matters. The Council also communicates information about accreditation activities to other shared governance committees and the college community at large.
When is Triton College’s Next Institutional Accreditation Visit?
Triton College is in the HLC's Standard Pathway for accreditation. The Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit will be in 2023-2024.
Where can I View Triton College’s Most Recent Self-Study?
Do you have questions about Triton College’s Accreditation?
Contact Dr. Purva DeVol, Assistant VP of Institutional Initiatives, Planning & Accreditation, at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3434 or email@example.com.