Pierpont Community & Technical College is proud to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This means that Pierpont’s educational programs and services have been evaluated through a peer review process for quality and continuous improvement. You can be assured that our education meets acceptable quality, federal guidelines, and the transferability of credit.


Pierpont Community & Technical College is accredited on a ten-year cycle by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges, which assures quality by verifying that Pierpont meets threshold standards and is engaged in continuous improvement. The assurance process requires that the college provide evidence and write an Assurance report that addresses the Higher Learning Commission's five criteria for accreditation.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440


Criteria I: Mission

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publically; it guides the institution’s operations.
Criterion 1 pdf

Criteria II: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible
Criterion 2 pdf

Criteria III: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
Criterion 3 pdf

Criteria IV: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
Criterion 4 pdf

Criteria V: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The institution’s resources are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.
Criterion 5 pdf