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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 2025-2026; date of last action was October 2017.
Statement of Affiliation Status

Bay de Noc Community College Systems Portfolio

The College’s 2015 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. To review current and completed projects please visit the Higher Learning Commission's website. 

Program Accreditations

  • Automotive TechnologyBay College's Automotive Technology Program received its first National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification in 1999 and was recommended for recertification in January 2005.
  • NursingThe Bay de Noc Community College License Practical Nursing Certificate and the Associate Degree in Nursing program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree in Nursing program is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for the Education of Nurses (ACEN).‚Äč
  • Computer Network Systems and Security Accreditation: The Computer Network Systems and Security program at Bay College is the only computer security or information assurance program in Michigan's Upper Peninsula accredited by the National Security Agency (NSA). The 4011 InfoSec Professional certificate is recognized by federal agencies as the "gold standard" in cybersecurity.

Bay College is approved by:

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

 State approval

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

Bay College Main,
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
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