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College Accreditation

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Southwest Tech has been accredited since 1976. In 2002, Southwest Tech was accepted as an AQIP institution, and in June, 2017 became a member of the Standard Pathway.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

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.

Program Accreditations

A number of individual Southwest Tech programs have earned accreditation related to their occupational area.

Program Accreditations and Licensure

Several of Southwest Tech's occupational programs are accredited by a professional entity, approved by a State agency, or are designed to lead to a license required for employment in the occupation.

Process Improvement

The Process Improvement Model empowers cross-functional teams to improve processes, solve problems, and make decisions that impact students, staff, and College operations.

Instructional Vitality Process

The Instructional Vitality Process (IVP) is an annual program assessment which includes a review of college-wide and programmatic data and evidence as a means for identifying opportunities for improving student learning.

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