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Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission
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Chicago, IL 60604 

Accreditation 2017
Accreditation Reaffirmation

Alpena Community College was visited by the Higher Learning Commission evaluation team on September 25 and 26, 2017, for the purpose of renewing ACC’s accreditation. During this visit the evaluation team met with ACC Faculty, Staff, Students, Administrators, and the Alpena community in order to gather feedback.

in December 2017, ACC President Dr. Don MacMaster received a letter from the Higher Learning Commission reaffirming the institution's accreditation status through 2027-28. An excerpt of the letter is available below:

'This letter serves as formal notification and official record of action taken concerning Alpena Community College by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission at its meeting on December 11, 2017. The date of this action constitutes the effective date of the institution’s new status with HLC.

Action with Interim Monitoring. IAC continued the accreditation of Alpena Community College with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2027-28. In conjunction with this action, IAC required the following interim monitoring.

Embedded Report. Interim Report to be embedded in the next Assurance Review: (1) Program level assessment in the B.S. in Electrical System Technology; (2) Assessment in all programs not leading to 3rd party certification; and (3) co-curricular assessment.'

For any questions about accreditation, please contact Wendy Brooks, ACC accreditation liaison, at 989.358.7249.

Higher Learning Commission Student Opinion SurveySurvey Results
All ACC students were asked to participate in a survey conducted by the Higher Learning Commission in April 2017. The survey was intended to give all students an opportunity to participate in the accreditation process. Their responses helped ACC Administrators identify possible questions for the accreditation visit.


The Michigan Board of Nursing has approved the following programs:

  • Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree in Registered Nursing.

ACEN AccreditationACEN Seal

The Practical Nurse Certificate and Associate Degree nursing programs at Alpena Community College at the Alpena and Oscoda campus located in Alpena and Oscoda, Michigan respectively are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nurse Certificate and Associate Degree nursing programs is initial accreditation. For more information about this accreditation, visit www.acenursing.org.

ACEN | 3390 Peachtree Road NE | Suite 1400 | Atlanta, GA 30326 | 404.975.5000 

The Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council has accredited:
  • Corrections Officer Academic Program.

Alpena Community College is a member of: American Association of Community Colleges; College Entrance Examination Board; Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; and Michigan Community College Association.