Reaffirmation of Accreditation

The College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Documents regarding accreditation are available in the Executive Office upon formal request.

In order to make the accreditation process responsive to a broad range of constituents, the accrediting agencies invite the public to provide written comments about the College's qualifications for continued accreditation. If you wish to comment, please contact either agency by letter or email.


  1. What is Accreditation?

  2. What is Evaluated?

  3. When will CCS be evaluated?

  4. Who is on the Steering Committee?

  5. Third Party Comments

Accrediting bodies, such as the Higher Learning Commission,  evaluate colleges, universities and educational programs for quality and continuous improvement.

Why is accreditation important?

The U.S. Department of Education identified some of the functions of accreditation below:

  •     Verifying that an institution or program meets established standards;
  •     Assisting prospective students in identifying acceptable institutions;
  •     Assisting institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits;
  •     Helping to identify institutions and programs for the investment of public and private funds;
  •     Protecting an institution against harmful internal and external pressure;
  •     Creating goals for self-improvement of weaker programs and stimulating a general raising of standards among educational     institutions;
  •     Involving the faculty and staff comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning;
  •     Establishing criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation; and
  •     Providing one of several considerations used as a basis for determining eligibility for Federal assistance.

What will be evaluated?

All areas of the college:

  • Student Learning
  • Governance and Administration
  • Academic and Non-academic Activities
  • Student Services
  • Finances
  • Resources

HLC Criterion
Criterion One: Mission
The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly:  it guides the institution’s operations.

Criterion Two: Integrity

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Criterion Three:  Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Criterion Four:  Teaching and Learning:  Evaluation and Improvement
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Criterion Five: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.  The institution plans for the future.

Higher Learning Commission visit planned for: March 21 & 22, 2016.


HLC Timeline2


Nadine Ashton (Co-Chair)
Director of Advising/Registrar

Michael Coleman
Director of Student Life

Jill Davis
Coordinator, Graduate Studies

Laurie Evans
Director, Academic Technology

Susan LaPorte
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Kerri McKay
Director, Business Services

Mary McNichols
Professor, Liberal Arts

Vanessa Miller
Department Coordinator

Sharon Procter (Co-Chair)
Associate Provost

Richard Rogers

Robert Schefman
Department Chair, Foundations

Geoff Sleeman
Director, Campus Facilities

College for Creative Studies is seeking comments from the public about CCS in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission. The Commission reviews all accredited institutions within its region on a regular ten-year basis and CCS will host a visiting team March 21 - 22, 2016.

The College for Creative Studies has been continuously accredited by the Commission since 1977. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s criteria for accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding CCS to:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Higher Learning Commission’s website by clicking here.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing either by correspondence to the address noted above or through the website indicated above.

All comments must be received by February 15, 2016.

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North La Salle Streets, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190-5248


Council of Interior Design Accreditation
206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014


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