East Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a participant in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462

Additional information on the AQIP process can be found at:

The college is recognized by and operates under the coordination of the Missouri Department of Higher Education, is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Missouri Community College Association.  East Central College operates certain programs that are fully accredited under national accreditation agency requirements, as noted below. East Central College AQIP Accreditation 

Program Accreditation The following specific programs within the College carry full program accreditation:

These accreditation programs constitute assurance that work satisfactorily completed at East Central College will be recognized at full value by other colleges, universities, professional schools, and state governed professions.  Where applicable to employers, licensure, certification and registration boards, a credential from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. In addition, the following programs carry full approval and operate under the regulations of the agencies noted:

  • Education-Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • EMS/Paramedic-Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
  • NursingMissouri State Board of Nursing

History of Institutional Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. As a part of its continued accreditation, ECC participated in an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) checkup visit in November, 2009. AQIP is the accreditation process through which East Central College maintains its accredited status with the Higher Learning Commission. Through AQIP, ECC demonstrates that it meets the Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation while integrating the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of the College to assure and advance the quality of higher education. Accreditation determines ECC’s eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs. Proper accreditation is also important for the acceptance and transfer of college credit to four year colleges and universities.

During its 2009 site visit, HLC peer reviewers verified the accuracy of ECC’s Systems Portfolio and reviewed with college employees several action projects and strategies identified to capitalize on the strengths as well as opportunities for improvement. The visit also was an opportunity to assure the college’s continuing organizational quality improvement commitment and confirm the institution’s compliance with accreditation expectations. In early 2010 the College received feedback from the visiting team indicating ECC is in compliance with the Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and with the Federal Compliance Program. ECC received official notification of the reaffirmation of accreditation in February of 2011. East Central College has been accredited since 1972.