TCC Reaffirms Accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission

October 30, 2018

TCC received high marks in the report generated by HLC reviewers after a September visit to the college. The visit was the culmination of years of work by many throughout the college.

The College received a “Met with Concerns,” but scored “Met” – the highest rating – in 20 of 21 categories, and received no sanctions. The report stated:

“Tulsa Community College is a vibrant institution that is an integral part of the greater Tulsa Community. TCC has a solid process in place for strategic planning, diversity outreach, institutional learning outcomes assessment, accredited program assessment, and budgeting. TCC is in the process of refining its assessment processes for nonaccredited programs. TCC provided clear evidence through its assurance argument and during the site team visit that the College should remain eligible to choose its Accreditation Pathway.”

“I could not be more pleased with the results of our reaffirmation review,” says TCC President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson. “The report confirms all the hard work we have been doing for the past four years and clarifies the areas in which we need to improve.”

Other positive comments included:

  • “Tulsa Community College’s Tulsa Achieves Program … is indeed the college mission brought to life.”
  • “TCC embraces its social compact with the community in which it resides, not only through student service to the community but with added emphasis for staff/faculty engagement with the community.”
  • “TCC honors its unique role in the community in which it resides, indeed the state and ‘global village.’ TCC’s commitment to service in the community deserves all the encomium in this reviewer’s reservoir of commendation.”
  • “Faculty confirmed that freedom of expression is evident throughout TCC during the Criterion 2 open forum meeting. Faculty were clear in that they are able to speak their minds to each other as well as administration without any fear of punishment from the administration. In addition, the faculty stated that they encourage their students to speak their minds within the classroom environment without punishment or reservation.”
  • “TCC’s reorganization was frequently referenced in discussions with constituencies. It is seen as a transformation that made TCC a better, more efficient college for students and a way to start a

pathway designed specifically for them.”

“It was most assuredly a team effort,” says Paula Settoon, TCC dean of libraries and knowledge management. “It took everyone playing their part. Everyone represented the College well, and that was evident in the report our review committee provided.

“We should be very proud of our report and pleased with the results. It’s important to note there are always areas in which we can improve. We had fewer areas we were asked to improve upon than in 2009. There were many in 2009, and this year, there was only one. They were very impressed with us.”

If any one area is scored “Met with Concerns,” the result overall is “Met with Concerns.” The college received that rating for section 4.B – The Institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.

The College will be expected to exhibit results from the evaluation of metrics established by faculty and summaries of changes made to program curriculum or teaching strategies in non-accredited programs based on assessment results in its 2022 mid-cycle Assurance Review to the HLC.

“Accreditation is an ongoing relationship. There’s not an end-date,” says Settoon. “This committee is recommending that our accreditation be reaffirmed. HLC’s Institutional Action Council will vote, most likely in mid-January, to determine whether or not to accept this review. We expect to get our formal notification in February.”