Rio Grande, Ohio –The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College is proud to announce the institution has been reaffirmed for accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits institutions in the North-Central region of the country. Accreditation confirms that the institution is meeting national standards across all academic and support areas such as tutoring, advising, business affairs, finance, etc., to meet the needs of students. Rio President Dr. Michelle Johnston said she is proud of the efforts that have gone into meeting and exceeding HLC criteria.
“We are all so excited to be reaffirmed for accreditation by the HLC. This confirms that we are offering high-quality programs and services to our students and community,” Johnston said. “Everyone worked to make the review a success, and I’m confident we will continue to exceed the HLC’s standards and criteria in the years to come.”
Rio has been accredited through the HLC since 1969 and has been on the organization’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Pathway since 2004. As part of the process for reaffirmation, an HLC review team visited Rio this past semester to meet with faculty, staff and students and see the campus first-hand. Rio has been approved for full reaffirmation with no interim monitoring reports required and no additional reviews or visits outside of the regular cycle. Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness David Lawrence said he is proud of the hard work the faculty and staff have put into meeting the organization’s standards.
“Earning our reaffirmation is exciting because accreditation is a requirement to be able to offer students federal funding through the Pell Grant, student loans and other forms of federal financial aid. Being an accredited institution gives us more opportunities to make earning a degree more affordable for students,” Lawrence said. “Preparing for this visit was a team effort from the entire institution. The requirements span every aspect of higher education, so it was terrific to have everyone dedicating so much time and effort to provide evidence that Rio meets every component of the HLC’s criteria for accreditation.”
The HLC requires institutions who earn full reaffirmation to be reviewed again every ten years. Rio will be required to reapply for reaffirmation again in the 2027-2028 academic year.