Background and Current Accreditation
Century College was first accredited in 1974 as Lakewood Community College, and has been accredited since
July 1, 1996 as a comprehensive community and technical college.
Century is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association (HLC/NCA).
After its Quality Checkup Visit in 2012, Century College received its reaffirmation of accreditation until 2018-19.
In 2005, Century College was accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), a new process
for achieving re-accreditation. AQIP infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement
into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an
already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the HLC.
Commitment to Continuous Improvement
By participating in AQIP, an institution demonstrates it meets accreditation standards and expectations through
sequences of events that align with ongoing institutional activities that characterize an organization’s process
to improve their performance.
In June 2013, Century College will submit its second AQIP Systems Portfolio,
which documents the College's commitment to continuous quality improvement.
As part of the AQIP Process, the College is required to have a minimum of three AQIP projects (projects
demonstrating continuous improvement) as part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. Century College
currently has projects in these areas:
- Assessment of Core Outcomes
- Building a Culture of Evidence
- Bridge to Success
A full description of these projects, reports and evaluations are available at:
Academic Quality Improvement Program.
Century College submitted its first AQIP Systems Portfolio on June 1, 2009.
For information, visit the Systems Portfolio site.
Filing a complaint with the Higher Learning Commmission