Accreditation and Assessment

Central Arizona College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

AQIP Portfolio 2018

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter 2018

Action Projects

Action Projects are quality activities CAC selects and focuses its efforts to support and drive continuous quality improvement. These activities are tied directly to the nine AQIP criteria, and group faculty and staff to share a sense of activity, momentum, and purpose, while implementing district wide quality improvement.

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The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) granted Central Arizona College correspondent status in March 1968 candidate status in March 1971; its first full accreditation status in March 1973; NCA accreditation for a seven-year period in July 1978; and accreditation for another seven-year period from October 1985 with a focus visit in 1987. In March 1993, NCA extended full accreditation to the District for ten years (the maximum period allowable).

In November 2000, Central Arizona College was accepted as a participant in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. AQIP provides CAC with a structure to increasingly transform into an institution focusing on continuous improvement. Action Projects (institutional quality initiatives), the Systems Portfolio (self-study), and Systems Appraisal (feedback) assist in CAC’s improvement.

CAC has an infrastructure in place to support institutional improvements consisting of the CAC Quality Council, the Director of Accreditation and Quality Initiatives, the Office of Institutional Planning and Research, and the Office of Resource Development.


– Central Arizona College AQIP Reaffirmation Action Letter 03-09-15
– Statement of Accreditation Status

2. Other Accreditations

3. Current Action Projects

4. Past Systems Portfolios

5. Quality Checkup Visit 2014

For further information contact Dr. Mary Kay Gilliland, Accreditation Liaison Officer,

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