Student Participation in RCTC’s Accreditation

RCTC Students:

RCTC is currently in the final year of an eight-year institutional accreditation cycle with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is the regional body that accredits higher education institutions in 18 states from Arizona to Oklahoma, Wyoming to Wisconsin, ensuring that colleges and universities maintain high standards in serving students in all capacities throughout the institution. More about the Higher Learning Commission can be found at

RCTC will host a Site Visit team April 24 – 26. To do this, an HLC Steering Council has been formed to prepare the necessary documents and reports and to prepare for the site visit.

Your voice and input into this process is important. This type of institutional preparation is unique as it occurs every eight years. If you would like to be involved in this process and learn more about how an institution is accredited, I invite you to serve on the HLC Steering Council and/or one of the Criterion teams identified below. As we are close to the site visit date much of the criterion work is complete, but you are welcome to join a team that interests you as we complete the criterion work and prepare for the site visit.

  • If you would like to be a member of the HLC Steering Council, please contact me directly. Meetings are currently scheduled for the 2nd  and 4th  Monday of each month, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • If you would like to be a member of one of the Criterion teams identified below, please contact the person identified for more information.

Criterion One. Mission: The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
Contact: Michelle Pyfferoen (Dean of Career and Technical Education and Business Partnerships)

Criterion Two. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct – The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
Contact: Renee Engelmeyer (Chief Human Resource Officer)

Criterion Three. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support – The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
Contact: Ginny Boyum (Dean of Academic Effectiveness and Innovation)

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.
Contact: Brian Fors (Dean of Sciences and Health Professions)

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.
Contact: Mike Mutschelknaus (English Faculty)

Federal Compliance – The institution meets U.S. Department of Education and federal compliance requirements.
Contact: Lisa Mohr (Dean of Student Success)



Greg A. Mosier, Ed.D.   |   Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Rochester Community and Technical College   |   851 30th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN   |
T: 507.285.7256   |   F: 507.285.7108   |   |  Twitter: @RCTCGregMosier

Mission: Rochester Community and Technical College provides accessible, affordable, quality learning opportunities to serve a diverse and growing community.



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