Institutional Accreditation

Bay de Noc Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

Bay de Noc Community College was accredited in 1976 and was admitted to HLC’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) model for accreditation on February 13, 2004.   AQIP is structured around quality improvement principles and processes and involves a structured set of goal-setting, networking, and accountability activities. AQIP infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities.   
Higher Learning Commission
A Commission of the North Central Assoc.
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Phone: (800) 621-7440; (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462
Statement of Affiliation Status
The year of next reaffirmation of accreditation is 2017-2018; date of last action is 02/21/2011
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Bay de Noc Community College Systems Portfolio
The College’s 2011 Systems Portfolio is a document that explores key operational processes and results and critically reflects on the institution’s strengths, distinctions, successes, as well as its challenges and competition.  The College updates the Systems Portfolio once every four years, in keeping the AQIP accreditation process.

Systems Appraisal Feedback Report
The Systems Appraisal Feedback Report is written by a team of external Peer Reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission who provide extensive feedback about Bay de Noc Community College’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. Based on this feedback, the leadership at the College identifies actions that will best advance the institution.

Current Action Projects
The College’s Action Projects focus on vital processes that need improvement, based in part on analysis of data gathered, feedback from the Higher Learning Commission, and other pertinent information.  Typically, Action Projects last from 1-3 years until improvements are made, and until the improvements are integrated into daily College operations.  Current Action Projects receive on-going feedback and input from Peer Reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission.
  1. Online Courses Quality Review Initiative
  2. Understanding and Meeting Our Employees' Needs
  3. Understanding and Meeting Our Students' Needs
Completed Action Projects
These projects focused on systems and processes that needed to be improved at Bay de Noc Community College. To date, the College has completed eleven Action Projects.
  1. Clarify the Definition of and Implement the General Education Model
  2. Develop a Strategic and Tactical Plan for Information Technology
  3. Fully Implement the Assessment Plan for Student Academic Achievement
  4. Grow Financial Resources and Maximize Operational Efficiency
  5. Migration of Student Information System from Jenzabar TE to EX
  6. Professional Development Systems
  7. Reading for Learning
  8. Replacement of Telecommunications System withCompleted-Replacement-of-Telecommunications-System-with-VoIP VoIP
  9. Scheduling Management
  10. Improving the Student Residency Process
  11. Re-energizing the Process of Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

Program Accreditations

Bay College is approved by:

Michigan Department of Education
608 West Allegan
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-3324

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Find more information on the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes page.


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2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
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