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RLC welcomes Third-Party comments prior to HLC visit

Whether you’ve visited campus as a student or parent, attended trainings on our satellite campuses in Mt. Vernon or Pinckneyville, or participated in any number of our community events, chances are you have a connection to Rend Lake College. Now, we want to hear from you.

RLC is asking community members to submit third-party comments on our activities and services as part of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation process. Comments from current and prospective students, interested parents, and in-district taxpayers are welcomed.

These third-party comments can be submitted online to HLC at www.hlcommission.org/comment or can be mailed to HLC at the address below. Comments are due Aug. 27, and HLC cannot guarantee that comments after the due date will be considered.

Third-Party Comment on Rend Lake College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

This fall, RLC will receive a visit from HLC as part of the Open Pathway to accreditation. As part of the Federal Compliance process, one piece of the accreditation puzzle, HLC requires institutions to undergo a comprehensive evaluation, which includes an invitation to the public to provide written comments. Three weeks before the visit to campus on September 24-25, HLC will review and forward the third-party comments to the evaluation team members and the institution.

RLC has been accredited by HLC since 1969 and it is vital to what we do. Accreditation serves as a measure of quality, allows us to access and distribute federal student aid, facilitates the transfer of classes between institutions, and much more. HLC is one of six regional accreditors in the country and is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

More information about the Higher Learning Commission can be obtained through its website at www.hlcommission.org. To learn more about RLC’s road to accreditation, visit www.rlc.edu/hlc.