Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Southwest Tech maintains its accreditation with The Higher Learning Commission by participating in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and undertaking continuous improvement initiatives. Southwest Tech was accepted as an AQIP institution in 2002 and has been accredited since 1976.
Programs offered by the College are also approved by the Educational Approval Board for the Veterans Administration.
What is the Higher Learning Commission?
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The NCA was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Through the accreditation process, the HLC grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association.
The HLC is recognized by the US Department of Education.
A number of individual Southwest Tech programs have earned accreditation related to their occupational area.