Accreditation & State Regulatory Authorization
Mohave Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Verify status.
The HLC is one of six regional accreditors recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to provide accreditation to degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The last self-study and comprehensive review conducted by the HLC was in 2012. An Assurance Argument and federal compliance report were submitted in December 2016, and a review and site visit were conducted in February, 2017, in fulfillment of the fourth year Assurance Review requirements for institutions on the Standard Pathway. MCC’s next Assurance Review will be during the 2022-23 academic year.
In addition to MCC’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation, several of MCC’s academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the field. Click here to view a list of MCC programs with specialized accreditation.
The U.S. Department of Education, through its reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, released regulation ‘600.9(c) State Authorization’ in October 2010 requiring institutions that offer distance education in a state where it is not physically located meet individual state requirements. This regulation applies to distance education courses for students who reside outside the state of Arizona. Lack of compliance to this regulation can result in loss of federal financial aid, accreditation and additional penalties.
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. Arizona was approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) state effective November 2014. Mohave Community College was approved as a SARA member institution in January 2020. This means that MCC has reciprocity approval for distance students in other SARA approved states.
It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.
Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state. National exams suffice for licensure in each state. Access to professional licensure information about each of MCC’s qualifying programs is below:
- Dental Hygiene
- Paramedic –Arizona EMT
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Radiologic Technology
- Surgical Technology
Mohave Community College is committed to providing quality online educational programs. Please refer to this website for student expectations and student rights.
The process for submitting a complaint (grievance) to Mohave Community College can be found here.
State authorization is a legal and regulatory term for a college’s compliance with individual statutes, regulations, and rules in each state in which it operates. State authorization is different from institutional or programmatic accreditation, or approval from professional licensing boards. Unless the State in which you reside has a more stringent refund policy, the MCC policy can be located here. Refund policies with which the institution is required to comply by any State in which enrolled students reside for the return of unearned tuition and fees may be found in this Refund Policies PDF.
State Initiated Adverse Action
No adverse actions have been initiated by the State related to postsecondary education programs offered solely through distance education at Mohave Community College.