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Higher Learning Commission renews Nicolet College accreditation

Aug. 13, 2015

Higher education evaluators have continued Nicolet College’s accreditation after reviewing the college’s academic programs, its fiscal responsibility, services to communities, and overall management.

The Higher Learning Commission noted that Nicolet’s next Reaffirmation of Accreditation will take place in 10 years. This is the maximum time allowed between formal reviews and is only granted to colleges with high quality academic programs that operate in a responsible and effective manner.

students“This level of accreditation is excellent news for Nicolet and the people we serve,” said Nicolet President Richard Nelson. “It is the result of a tremendous amount of outstanding work by the college community that translates into high quality instruction being delivered to students. Nicolet takes a great deal of pride in serving district residents and we are committed to advancing that tradition long into the future.”

He also noted that the commission did not find any shortcomings that Nicolet needs to address. “This is especially unusual in today’s aggressive regulatory environment,” Nelson added.

The commission also granted Nicolet a second accreditation that allows the college to expand its distance learning credit classes to make it more convenient for residents in outlying portions of the district to receive a college education.

Starting in late August, Nicolet will deliver more classes over its TelePresence videoconferencing network located in Eagle River, Minocqua, Tomahawk, and Rhinelander, and offer more online and hybrid classes, the latter featuring a mix of online and face-to-face classes.

Founded in 1967, Nicolet has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission for the past 45 years and has received the highest level of accreditation for the past three decades.

Accreditation is necessary for Nicolet students to receive federal financial aid, have their credits transfer to other colleges and universities, and for employers to know Nicolet graduates are held to a high standard.

In the 2014-15 academic year, 1,847 students enrolled in credit classes at Nicolet. An additional 5,484 individuals enrolled in non-credit continuing education classes.

The college currently offers nearly 70 credentials, ranging from short-term training certificates to two-year associate degrees. For those with their sights set on a bachelor’s degree, Nicolet has 75 credit transfer agreements with 30 public and private institutions, including every campus in the University of Wisconsin System.

The Nicolet District covers approximately 4,000 square miles and includes all of Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties and portions of Lincoln, Langlade, and Iron counties.