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Clark State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1.800.621.7440.



Criterion 1. Mission

Criterion 2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

Criterion 3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support 

Criterion 4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

Criterion 5. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

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Criterion 1: Mission

Criterion 2: Integrity

Criterion 3: Teaching

Criterion 4: Assessment

Criterion 5: Resources

Tina Jones-Chair

Laura Whetstone-Chair

Pam Ball-Chair

Mike Cuffman-Chair

Natalie Johnson-Chair

Dana Matt

Adam Parrillo

Kara Jackson

Tammy Watt

David Farrell

Kathleen Nelson

Kanesha Hall

Michelle Coleman

Dr. Coleman

Tom Duffee

Travis Binkley

Nathan Walters

Brendan Greaney

Stephanie Thompson

Accreditation Liaison Officer: Amy Sues

Co-Chairs: Jan Didich and Ron Gordon

Technical Support: Cindra Phillips



Federal Compliance:

Cami Akey

Suzanna Harmon

Laurie Means

Kelly Neriani

Masha Logan

Aimee Belanger-Haas

Brian Edwards

Naomi Louis

Ron Gordon

Cindra Philips

Amy Sues




Higher Learning Commission Reaffirmation of Accreditation Timeline

May 2018

  •         Criterion Team Leads meet with Dr. Nickoli to review Evidence and Assurance Arguments (5/3/18)
  •         Criterion Team Leads incorporate Dr. Nickoli’s feedback into Evidence document

June 2018

  •         Dr. Nickoli provides feedback on revised Assurance Arguments (June 13-27)
  •         Federal Compliance contacts to complete Federal Compliance questions and appendices (June 30)
  •         Criterion Team Members incorporate Dr. Nickoli’s feedback and ensure alignment between Evidence and Assurance Arguments

July 2018

  •         Team leads meet with VPAA and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to review revised Assurance Arguments and Evidence (week of July 16)
  •         Marketing posts invitations for the public/community to submit third party comments (week of July 16)
  •         Individual Criterion Team Leader meetings to make edits to Evidence files and Assurance Arguments (week of July 16)
  •         Compile completed Assurance Argument, Evidence, and Federal Compliance for President and Executive Council for review (week of July 30th) 
  •         Marketing creates Comprehensive Evaluation website (July 31)

August 2018

  •         ALO begins Evidence and Assurance Argument uploads to Assurance System (week of July 30)
  •         The ALO edits and finalizes Federal Compliance Report (week of August 6)
  •         President provides HLC update during Convocation
  •         Dr. Linnea Stenson on campus to present during Convocation and meet with College constituents (August 13)
  •         Criterion Team Leaders meet to review any final feedback (week of August 20th)
  •         Receive and apply Dr. Blondin’s, Executive Council, and Dr. Stenson’s edits (week of August 27th)

September 2018

  •         HLC will send an email notification regarding the student survey requirement and specific dates for when the link should be shared with the students (the open date) and when the survey will close (~September 3)
  •         Share Assurance Argument and Evidence with campus constituencies (September 5)
  •         Receive written feedback on Comprehensive Report from campus constituencies (September 14)
  •         Criterion Teams incorporate campus feedback and finalize Evidence and Assurance Arguments (September 19) (This date has to be after the Sept 17 forums to allow for any additional campus feedback)
  •         Final group review of Comprehensive Evaluation by VPAA, ALO, and Team Leaders (September 22)
  •         HLC Open Forum, Springfield TLC 143 (3:30pm Monday September 24)

October 2018

  •         HLC Open Forum  Ohio Hi-Point (12-noon Wednesday October 3)
  •         ALO receives Public Notice (Community) files from HLC (early October)
  •         College to share the survey link via email with all students and a reminder email must be sent at least four days later. The survey will remain open for 10 days (~October 3)
  •         HLC Open Forum,  Greene Center G103 (9am Wednesday October 10)
  •         Finalize Evidence, Assurance Argument, and Federal Compliance Report to HLC Assurance System (October 10)
  •         HLC Open Forum hosted by Criterion Leaders at President’s Town Hall LRC 207-209 (4-5pm, October 17)
  •        HLC Open Forum,  Springfield ASC 125 (8am Thursday October 25)

November 2018

  •         Public Comments are due in HLC's office (November 1)
  •         HLC Open Forum, Greene Center G103 (3pm Thursday November 1)
  •         Inspect key facilities to identify any required cleaning or repairs are made (November 1)
  •         Brief faculty and staff who will participate during the site visit (November 1)
  •         HLC provides the student survey results to the institution and the peer review team members (~November 3-4)
  •         Comprehensive Evaluation Report/Assurance System Lock Date (November 5)
  •         HLC sends Public Comments to Clark State and the visiting Peer Review Team (November 12)
  •         Prepare for evaluation team visit (confirm site visit arrangements, hotel rooms, meeting rooms, name tags, memento packets, refreshments, meal arrangements) (November 15)
  •         Ensure key facilities are ready for the Review Team visit (November 20)

December 2018

  •         Final room and site preparation for onsite visit (December 1)
  •         HLC site visit (December 3and 4)
  •         Debriefing of campus visit (December 5)



Dr. Jackie L. Freeze

Administrator Emeritus/Retire VP Student Services

Western Wyoming Community College

Dr. Kaylah Zelig

Dean of Instruction

Community College of Denver

Dr. Thomas E Hughes

Director Institutional Effectiveness and Research

Yavapai College

Dr. Purnima Sharma

Professor Physics/Mathematics

West Virginia Northern Community College

Dr. Russell D. Baker

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana


All comments must be in writing and can be submitted online at: or mailed to: Public Comment on Clark State Community College, Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1411.


The Higher Learning Commission visited Clark State in November 2008 for a ten-year reaccreditation visit.


30 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504


The Early Childhood Education program is approved by the Ohio Department of Education for Pre-Kindergarten Associate Certification, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 877.644.6338.

The Medical Assisting Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350, fax 727.210.2354, upon recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773.714.8880,

The Paramedic program (#308-OH) is accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Services, Division of Emergency Medical Services, 1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43218-2073, 800.233.0785 and by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (Program 600618), 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350,, upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditations in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High Street, Suite 660, Columbus, OH 43215-3947, 614.466.3947,

The Realtime/Judicial Reporting and Broadcast Caption/ CART programs are approved by the National Court Reporters Association, 12030 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston, Virginia 20191, 1-800-272-6272

The Registered Nursing program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High Street, Suite 660, Columbus, OH 43215-3947, 614.466.3947, and accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

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