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Performance Excellence & Accreditation

Iowa Valley Community College District (which operates Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Grinnell, and Iowa Valley Continuing Education) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (; ph. 1-312-263-0456), the Iowa Department of Education, and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships; some individual ECC and MCC degree programs are also accredited by agencies specific to those areas of study. IVCCD has articulation agreements with Iowa’s Regent universities and many other colleges and universities in Iowa and the Midwest.

Beginning in 2001, IVCCD chose to pursue its Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program/AQIP process. AQIP infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With AQIP, an institution demonstrates it meets accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of events that align with ongoing activities which characterize organizations striving to improve their performance.

In August 2012, IVCCD was one of seven Midwest colleges to pioneer a Baldrige-based Systems Appraisal as a key component of the AQIP accreditation process. Submitted to the Iowa Quality Center as part of the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence (IRPE) application process, IVCCD’s IRPE application describes the District’s commitment to excellence in leadership; planning; students and stakeholders; workforce; operations; and measurement, analysis and knowledge management systems.

In July 2015, IVCCD was approved by the Higher Learning Commission to change to the Open Pathway for its process of reaffirmation of accreditation.  The most recent HLC statement of affiliation can be found at The next reaffirmation of accreditation for IVCCD will take place in 2024 -2025.

More information about IVCCD’s participation in AQIP can be obtained by contacting IVCCD AQIP Liaison Dr. Lisa Breja.