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. 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.
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 submitted 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:
A full description of these projects, reports and evaluations are available at:
Academic Quality Improvement Program.