Elgin Community College operates under the Illinois Community College Board within the Illinois Board of Higher Education structures and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC is a regional agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities located in a 19-state region of the U.S.
Regional accreditation affirms an institution's quality as a whole following a thorough evaluation of an institution, including its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources. HLC’s institutional accreditation includes all degree levels as well as on-site and online offerings. Institutions of higher education in the U.S. may also seek accreditation through national or specialized accreditation agencies. National accreditation associations, like regional accreditors, accredit the institution as a whole. Specialized agencies accredit specific programs, departments, or schools within a college or university.
State Licensure Requirements
ECC programs are designed in compliance with the State of Illinois and/or regional requirements. They may not qualify students for certification or licensure, where necessary, outside of Illinois, unless those requirements are set through national accrediting bodies. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their program of study meets state agency licensure requirements for their desired state of residence before enrolling. Check with your advisor and the appropriate state agency to affirm compliance.
If an instance occurs where a complaint needs to be filed with the institution, students should follow ECC's internal complaint procedures before escalating to other agencies. To initiate a complaint, please review the ECC complaint process and contact the dean of student services and development if you have any questions.
- ECC complaint process
- ICCB complaint process
- HLC complaint process
- Other state complaint processes - PDF
Consumer protection complaints are filed through the state of Illinois or the agency for your state of residence.
Students who withdraw from a course may be eligible to receive a tuition refund based on ECC’s refund policy unless the student’s non-Illinois state of residence has established a consumer protection prescription for such situations, in which case the state policy will take precedent. Please review the ECC refund policy.