Saint Paul College—A Community & Technical College is accredited by the
Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Statement Regarding Current HLC Status
On July 11, 2019, Saint Paul College was notified that the Higher Learning Commission changed the College’s status from “Accredited” to “Accredited – On Probation.” To clarify, Saint Paul College
remains accredited by the HLC while we work with them to address concerns raised by their decision.
HLC’s recent decision will not significantly affect Saint Paul College’s current, future or former students. Students’ ability to begin or complete their course of study, transfer credits to other accredited colleges, and access financial aid should not be affected.
In most cases, other institutions of higher education will continue to accept the institution’s credits in transfer or for admission to a higher degree program. This has been confirmed, in writing, by many of the colleges and universities to which most Saint Paul College credits have been transferred in recent years.
Issues raised by the HLC are administrative in nature. They do not affect the quality of instruction or support services provided to Saint Paul College students.
The college has already addressed a number of the issues of concern to the Higher Learning Commission and will continue work to address others over the next academic year. We are confident that all of the HLC’s concerns will be fully addressed and that the College will resume its normal accreditation status at the earliest possible time. After Saint Paul College’s HLC Site Visit in December 2020, the peer review team recommended that the College be removed from the probation sanction. The College will go before the Institutional Actions Council in March 2021 and then to the HLC’s Board of Trustees in June 2021 for a final decision on these recommendations.
Definition & Standards
Saint Paul College meets established standards and is approved for the instruction of veterans and members of the workforce needing training or retraining. Saint Paul College meets the definition of an institution of higher education, and students are entitled to participate in federal financial assistance programs.
To ensure the highest possible program standards, Saint Paul College is also accredited by: