Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
As a division of West Virginia University, Potomac State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.
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As an integrated division of West Virginia University, Potomac State College provides a broad range of high quality associate degree programs as well as baccalaureate degree programs at a reasonable cost with an historic focus on teaching and learning and a commitment to providing access to a better life for all West Virginians.
By 2020 Potomac State College of West Virginia University will attain prominence as an undergraduate institution for teaching, learning and student success within West Virginia and the broader service region of the College.
PSC Strategic Goals:
- Goal 1: Engage undergraduate students in a challenging academic environment.
- Goal 2: Excel in teaching, creative activity and innovation in all learning environments.
- Goal 3: Foster diversity and global awareness.
- Goal 4: Foster collaborative partnerships to advance the mission of the College.
- Goal 5: Enhance the well-being and quality of life for the campus community, people in West Virginia, and the broader service region of the College.
- Goal 6: Develop infrastructure to support enrollment growth and to improve retention and graduation rates.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is the process to ensure that universities meet and maintain standards for academics and administration. All aspects of a university are assessed for accreditation, including educational activities, governance and administration, financial stability, student services, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness, and relationships to external constituencies.
Why does it matter?
Accreditation ensures the quality of a university. According to WVU Provost Michele Wheatly, “Institutional accreditation is an overarching ‘license to operate’ that universities receiving federal funds are required to have. Program-specific accreditation is only valid if the institution is fully accredited. I have always viewed accreditation as an opportunity to pause, document the recent past and use evidence to improve all aspects of the university.”
Who accredits WVU?
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits WVU. It is one of six regional accreditors in the United States, and it accredits universities and colleges in 19 states. The HLC is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools—an association of nearly 10,000 colleges and K-12 schools.
How can I be involved?
Consider, review, and comment on the self-study. Take time to explore PSC’s history, mission, and strategic plan in case a visiting team member has questions.