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Elgin Community College has had multiple successful accreditation reviews during its 75-year history. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducts comprehensive reviews every 10 years and interim reviews every 4 or 6 years. Our most recent comprehensive review was held in 2015, and our most recent interim review was held in 2019. Our next comprehensive review will occur in the academic year 2025 until 2026.   Elgin Community College was awarded its first full accreditation in 1968 from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, less than two years after being granted an Illinois Class I Community College status in 1966.

ECC has also received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This certificate is the highest rating awarded in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and ECC has received it each year since 2004.

ECC is formally recognized as meeting instructional, administrative, financial, facility, and equipment standards established by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). Recognition reviews occur every five years by state statute to ensure colleges meet these standards. ECC received its most recent recognition certificate in 2023 and will undergo its next state review in 2028.

Finally, several ECC career programs meet the accrediting standards of their professional organizations. The most up-to-date list of accredited programs is in the College Catalog.  

Philip Garber

ECC Accreditation Liaison Officer:

Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123-7193

Documents and Reports

Links to important documents relating to the management and life of the college, including procedural documents and self-study reports are shown here.

The college prepares, publishes, and disseminates statistical reports on crimes and arrests defined under the Crime Awareness and Campus Safety Act of 1990, CFR 668.41, and makes every effort to disclose accurate and complete statistics through appropriate publications and the college website. Campus Safety Reports

The Alliance for College and Career Student Success uses data to identify trends in students’ college-going and success. An annual review of this data helps the Alliance members to keep our work focused on measurable outcomes and our potential impact on them. College and Career Readiness Reports

College communications provides updates about college projects and programs to residents and businesses throughout Community College District 509.

The Community Report updates college projects and programs to residents and businesses throughout Community College District 509.

Report to the Community

Annual Reports on the Fiscal Impact of the Programs and Services Related to the Higher Education Veterans Service Act

Illinois Board of Higher Education

As part of ILEA we pledge to close the completion gaps by 2025 among students of color and low-income students.

ECC Equity Plan - PDF

Institutional Research (IR) serves the campus community by conducting quantitative and qualitative research on enrollment and student success as part of the ECC Strategic Plan. Many reports and communications are done to fulfill federal, state, and regional requirements and through voluntary efforts such as Achieving the Dream. Each month, the office’s monthly newsletter, the Piece of the PIE, highlights a research project the college has engaged in. Other reports include annual student success reports and reports to the Illinois Community College Board.

Student Success

Reports to ICCB

PIE creates and updates strategic and operating plans, reports progress each year in fulfilling college-wide goals, and maintains reports for regional accreditation and state recognition.

Strategic Plans

Performance Reports

Campus Map

Campus Map

Need to find services or get familiar with ECC facilities? Get to know your way around the campus and local area.

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