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In May 2015, the Higher Learning Commission approved reaccreditation for Grand Rapids Community College, with reviewers praising our efforts to connect students with needed support services. This decision extends GRCC’s accreditation to 2023.

“We are pleased to receive reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, and it seems especially fitting to receive this recognition of our contributions to the West Michigan community during our 100-year celebration,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “While the process is intense, it’s a chance for us to show off our cutting-edge programs and the incredible talent of our faculty and staff.”

Panel reviewers took special note of GRCC's "strong team approach" to serving students. They also praised our efforts to provide support to different student populations, including those who plan to transfer and those attending part-time.

"Two major factors which contribute to the effective operation of an organization are the structures adopted and the quality of people involved in those structures," the reviewers said in a report. "Grand Rapids can look with pride at how well its teams operate and the achievements those teams are generating. The college is fully committed to its continual improvement and its people are making that happen in exemplary fashion."

GRCC has been accredited by the commission since 1917 and was one of the inaugural members of its AQIP program and plans to continue using the AQIP pathway to remain accredited.