Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation
 

Rock Valley College Self Study 2014

The College submitted a self-study report to the Higher Learning Commission on February 3, 2014. After reviewing the document and supporting materials, a team will visit the College March 31 through April 2, 2014 to review the College's ongoing commitment to meeting the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.

 

 

Rock Valley College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Rock Valley College is recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and by the Illinois Community College Board. 

 
What is accreditation?

Accreditation by the Commission and by other nationally recognized agencies provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet the agency's clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.

 

What is the value of accreditation?

Accreditation provides both public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity and incentive for self-improvement in the accredited institution. The Commission reaches the conclusion that a college or university meets the Criteria only after the institution opens itself to outside examination by experienced evaluators familiar with accrediting requirements and with higher education. The process of accreditation provides the accredited institution with an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from persons from other institutions.

 

Does accreditation guarantee that credits and degrees can be transferred to another college or university?

No. The college or university to which the student has applied determines transferability of credits and degrees. Transferability depends on the college or university at which credits or degrees were earned, how well the credits mesh with the curriculum offered by the school to which the student wishes to transfer, and how well the student did in the courses. Many institutions choose to consider the accredited status of the college at which the credit or degree was earned as one factor in the transfer decision. Some have specific agreements with other colleges or universities guaranteeing transfer of credits. Institutions should be prepared to explain their policies on transfer and the factors in an individual transfer decision. 

Students should be skeptical of any school that makes unqualified assertions that its credits will transfer to all other schools. Anyone planning to transfer credits should, at the earliest opportunity, consult the receiving institution about the transfer—before taking the courses for transfer, if possible.

Find out more about how your credits will transfer from RVC.

 

Rock Valley College accreditation agencies

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440
www.ncahlc.org

Accreditation Review Committee on Education
in Surgical Technology (Surgical Technology program)
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 694-9262

American Welding Society
(Welding Technology program)
Blackhawk Chapter 13
550 NW LeJeune Rd.
Miami, FL 33126
(800) 443-9353

Automotive Service Excellence
(Automotive Service Technology program)
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
101 Blue Seal Dr., S.E., Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 669-6600

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
(Surgical Technology program)
1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL. 33756
(727) 210-2354

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
(Dental Hygiene program)
211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
(Respiratory Care program)
CoARC
1248 Harwood Rd.
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

Federal Aviation Administration
(Aviation Maintenance Technology program)
Chicago FSDO (DPA)
DuPage Airport
31W775 North Ave.
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 443-3100

Illinois Bureau of Apprenticeship Training
(Apprenticeship programs)
USDOL/ETA/OATELS-BAT
230 S. Dearborn St., Room 656
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 596-5508

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

(Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology programs)
320 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62786
(217) 785-0800

Illinois Department of Public Health
(Certified Nursing Aide program)
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761
(217) 785-5133

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
(Automotive Service Technology program)
101 Blue Seal Dr., S.E. Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 669-6650

Office of the State Fire Marshall
(Fire Science Program)
1035 Stevenson Road
Springfield, IL 67203-4259
(217) 782-4542