Accreditation & Affiliations

Understanding Accreditation

In the United States, colleges and universities voluntarily seek institutional accreditation from nongovernmental bodies. Sauk maintains institutional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) which evaluates the entire college against the HLC's criteria.

Higher Learning Commission of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(800) 621-7440

SVCC's Accreditation History

The College first received institutional accreditation in March 1972 and has maintained continued accreditation ever since. SVCC was most recently accredited in 2022 for 10 years. SVCC currently utilizes the Open Pathway to maintain accreditation with HLC.

Program Accreditation/Approval


  • National Community College Benchmark Project Member graphicAs a member of the National Community College Benchmark Project, SVCC compares itself to over 450 community colleges on metrics from persistence rates to distance learning outcomes, from student engagement to institutional effectiveness measures, from developmental success to student outcomes, and 150+ other benchmarks.

  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity AgreementsSARA
    The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) establishes a state-level reciprocity process that will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people by making state authorization more efficient, effective and uniform.