Alternative learning begins April 6th

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College maintains its accredited status with the Higher Learning Commission following the Open Pathway. It allows Rio Grande to demonstrate how it meets The Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and other expectations through processes that align with the ongoing activities that characterize Rio’s effort to improve its performance.

The goal of this site is to provide a continuously updated view of Rio Grande’s journey toward improving the way it operates.

Accreditation Steering Team


The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College charges the Accreditation Steering Team to coordinate /oversee all issues related to HLC accreditation on an ongoing basis and to provide overall guidance for Rio’s Continuous Quality Improvement.


To ensure continuing opportunities for broad-based involvement and leadership development in accreditation activities the Steering Team will include permanent members and non-permanent members.

Permanent Members:
Dr. Catherine M. Clark, Interim President
Dr. Richard Sax, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. David Lawrence, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation Liaison Officer
Ms. Rebecca Long, Vice President for Administrative and Student Services
Ms. Amy Wilson, Director, Davis Library

Non-Permanent Members (2 year terms):
Dr. Stephanie Alexander, Director, Student Success
Ms. Meghann Fraley, Director, Financial Aid
Faculty member TBD
Faculty member TBD
Faculty member TBD


Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity operated by the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College ("Rio Grand"). Title IX ensures equal access to those programs and activities for our students and employees of all gender identities. Rio Grande is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

It is the policy of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College not to discriminate on the basis of gender in the educational programs, activities, or
employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Affirmative Action Office of the University and the Community College, (740) 245-7228, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College affirm that policies and practices relating to housing, academic and social life, and employment are applied without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, genetic information, gender identity, genetic information, religion, disability, age, marital status, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, veteran status, political affiliation. or  other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law. Inquires in this regard should be directed to the President of the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College.

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