What Accreditation Means to Students

When you attend an accredited college or university, you can expect:

A Quality Education: Accreditation means that a college, university, institution or program meets standards of quality for faculty, curriculum, administration, library, financial management and student services.
Financial Aid Opportunities: You can only obtain federal financial assistance if your college or university has appropriate accreditation from an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Credits that Transfer: If you ever want to transfer your college credits to continue your education, accreditation is an important factor when a college or university is deciding whether to accept transfer credits from your previous school.

The Higher Learning Commission & Open Pathway

The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions that the Commission accredits are evaluated against the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and/or maintain accredited status.

Fox Valley Technical College follows a 10-year cycle the Higher Learning Commission refers to as the Open Pathway. During year 10 of the Open Pathway, the Commission conducts a comprehensive evaluation and site visit. The reaffirmation of accreditation will occur in 2024-2025 for Fox Valley Technical College. 

More information on the Higher Learning Commission or the Open Pathway can be found at www.hlcommission.org.

Program Accreditations

Individual Fox Valley Technical College programs may secure additional accreditation related to their occupational area as available. For more information, contact Michele Zick, Director, Accreditation & Planning, at 920-993-5110 or email Michele Zick.


Program Accreditations and Certifications 2020-2021 (PDF)




FVTC has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.