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West Virginia Northern Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through 2022-23. It has been placed on Probation by HLC because of concerns related to assessment of student learning, institutional goals for persistence and completion rates, institutional effectiveness, and credentialing requirements. WVNCC remains accredited by the Higher Learning Commission during the probationary period, and the finding does not affect the ability of students to receive degrees, diplomas, financial aid, Pell grants, or academic credits, or to qualify for certification exams in any field.  The ability to transfer credits to baccalaureate institutions is also not affected by this status. While on Probation, the College remains accredited and has the opportunity to remedy the issues that led to the sanction. As a condition of the Accreditation – On Probation status, WVNCC will submit an Assurance Report leading to a comprehensive evaluation by October 2018. In June 2019, the HLC Board of Trustees will review materials related to this evaluation and determine if the college can be removed from probation.  

WVNCC desires to answer any accreditation questions you may have. An Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions (see below) will answer most questions about accreditation. Please contact Larry Tackett, vice president for workforce development and institutional accreditation liaison officer if you have any questions at You also can contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604,, (800) 621-7440, and from the HLC website.

Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions

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