About HCC


Holyoke Community College (HCC) is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc., (NECHE) a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. NECHE is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas. HCC has been accredited by the Commission since 1970.

Accreditation of an institution by NECHE indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purpose through appropriate education programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the New England Commission is not partial, but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered. 

Questions regarding the status of HCC's accreditation may be directed to kcholeva@hcc.edu


New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
E-mail: info@neche.org 

NECHE: New England Commission of Higher Education

NECHE Self Study

Final Team Report: Holyoke Community College

NECHE Letter of Accreditation

In addition to institutional accreditation, several HCC programs are accredited by state or national accrediting bodies:

 Program  Accreditor
 Music  National Association of Schools of Music
 Culinary Arts  American Culinary Federation Education Foundation
 Nursing  Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
 Medical Assisting  Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (pending)
 Radiologic Technology  Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
 Veterinary Technician Option  American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
 Honors Program  MA DHE Commonwealth Honors Program

General Disclosures

Links to HCC's Annual Security Report, graduation and transfer rates, financial statements, student Right-to-Know information and other disclosures required by law.