Rio Salado College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is one of six regional accreditors recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide accreditation to degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes these 19 states: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Comprehensive Evaluation for Reaffirmation
The Rio Salado College Year 10 Assurance Argument for Reaffirmation of Accreditation was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in January 2022, in fulfillment of the ten-year Comprehensive Evaluation for Reaffirmation requirement for institutions on the Open Pathway.
Specialized Accreditation by Program
In addition to institutional accreditation, certain educational programs may have additional accreditation that is granted by a specialized accrediting agency.