Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)


Waubonsee Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is recognized by federal and state agencies administering financial aid. Accredited institutions must adhere to the HLC Criteria for Accreditation.

You can read the 2021 Assurance Review to learn more about our ongoing commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street
Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440


Waubonsee Community College is recognized by the following:

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Programmatic Accreditation

Program Agency Initial Date Recent Renewal Date Expiration Date
Addictions Counseling Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA) 2/19/1997
(prepatory accreditation)
(advanced accreditation)
9/1/2019 9/1/2021
Auto Body Repair Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 11/12/2019 11/17/2019 5/1/2023
Automotive Technology Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 10/12/2019 10/17/2019 12/1/2022
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 1/15/2015 1/15/2015 9/1/2021
Health Information Technology Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) 10/17/2013 10/17/2013 10/17/2024
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning HVAC Excellence 10/19/2017 10/19/2017 10/18/2023
Machine Tool Technology National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) 4/20/2020 4/20/2020 4/20/2025
Medical Assistant Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) 10/1/2003 10/1/2013 10/1/2022
Registered Nursing Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN: Conditional Accreditation) 9/1/2014 April 2020 April 2022

Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Waubonsee Community College is proud to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

What is an HSI?

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An Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is an institution of higher education that:

  1. Has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application; and,
  2. Has a federally designated minimum percentage of Pell Grant-eligible students



With this designation, based on the availability of federal funding, Waubonsee qualifies to apply for two types of federal funding and grants: Title III and Title V.

Learn more about Waubonsee's Title V and other grants.

Student Ethnicity

  • 56.0% Caucasian
  • 31.4% Hispanic or Latino
  • 7.7% Black or African American
  • 4.5% Asian
  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Sources: ICCB/IPEDS and internal reports for FY2020

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Distance Education: National Council for SARA

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. When states join SARA, they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions' participation. Participation in SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To learn more, visit NC-SARA.

NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. To learn more, visit NC-SARA

Current authorized SARA member states can be viewed on the NC-SARA Interactive Map

NC-SARA Compliance Information

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC SARA)
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Professional Licensure

Important Note for Students: Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. At this time, Waubonsee Community College cannot confirm if programs that lead to professional licensure or certification meet the prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside the State of Illinois. Students will need to contact the state licensing board relative to their program in the state they are seeking licensure from for further information.

If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning the academic program.