“This is an important milestone for Rio Salado,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College president. “It is a sense of accomplishment and validation of the important work that we do to serve our students and the community.”
Accreditation is a process used by higher education to evaluate colleges, universities, and educational programs for quality. This process ensures that an institution’s academic program meets acceptable standards.
Attending a regionally accredited school is important for students who plan to transfer to another institution or pursue graduate programs in the future. Institutions must be regionally accredited to qualify for participation in federal financial aid. In addition, employers may want to verify the accreditation of a college or university before reimbursement of tuition or fees as part of company-sponsored benefits.
The college’s next HLC reaccreditation visit will take place in 2021-22. Rio Salado became a candidate for accreditation in 1978 and has been continuously accredited since 1981.
About Rio Salado College
Rio Salado College was established in 1978 by the Maricopa Community College District to provide the next step in education for non-traditional students. The college, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, was recently recognized as the fastest growing community college in the nation serving more than 67,000 students annually. In addition to providing high-quality instruction for 100+ degree and certificate pathways, Rio Salado is dedicated to providing flexible, affordable access through; adult basic education, collaborative partnerships, early college initiatives and online learning.