The strategic plan will be used to set CLC's priorities and allocate resources. Read the plan.
The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. To contact the Higher Learning Commission call (800) 621-7440.
In spring 2002, the College of Lake County Board of Trustees approved the College's participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), a Continuous Improvement model of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). According to the HLC, the aim of this program is to achieve positive institutional change through a culture of continuous improvement and specific Action Projects. Teams, composed of faculty and staff, are responsible for planning and implementing the Action Projects.
The Higher Learning Commission's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) conducts Quality Checkup site visits to each institution during the fifth or sixth year in every seven-year cycle of AQIP participation. These visits are conducted by trained, experienced AQIP Reviewers to determine whether the institution continues to meet The Higher Learning Commission's Criteria for Accreditation, and whether it is using quality management principles and building a culture of continuous improvement as participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) requires.
The College of Lake County's Check-up Visit occurred in February 2009. A Quality Summary (PDF), which highlights continuous improvement efforts and accomplishments of the college, was completed as part of the visit. Once the visit was completed the AQIP reviewers completed their Quality Check-up Report (PDF). A Quality Highlight (PDF) document was sent to AQIP in August 2009 to provide an overview of the colleges accomplishments since the Quality Check-up Visit.
Action Projects are designed to be a continuous series of projects; as each one is completed, a new one emerges. The Systems Portfolio report and support documents provide a comprehensive review of the College of Lake County's policies, practices and performance. It investigates how the institution serves key stakeholders, how the AQIP projects fit into current processes and will be a reference point for future Continuous Improvement at the college.
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“Even if money hadn’t been an issue for me, I think CLC still would have been the right decision for me because of the wonderful things that I took with me from the college.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“As a CLC student preparing to transfer to a four-year school, I learned to seek help regularly from my counselor. I had someone who cared about me and I trusted. I’ll always be grateful to her.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“I traveled to Peru for a two-week trip with five other CLC students as part of CLC’s first service-learning trip abroad. We were able to do good and experienced Peru’s breath-taking eco-systems.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“CLC was great preparation for transfer to a four-year school. I got comfortable with my abilities, and I was confident when I transferred to NIU. At CLC, I was also able to explore different courses and my interests.”
“There is something about CLC’s environment and the professors that makes your experience very enjoyable and helps you to do well academically.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”