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College Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states.

Standard Pathway 

The Standard Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). It follows a 10-year cycle and, like all pathways, is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. These improvement topics are integrated into comprehensive evaluations conducted during the cycle, as well as through interim monitoring, as required.

Regular Monitoring
Institutions submit an annual Institutional Update, which is reviewed by HLC to monitor organizational health, comply with certain federal requirements and identify any changes that may require HLC follow up. HLC will also apply change processes as appropriate to planned institutional developments, and will monitor institutions through reports, visits and other means as it deems appropriate.

Year 4: Comprehensive Evaluation
Institutions undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure they are meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. A Year 4 evaluation may include a determination that interim monitoring is necessary.

Year 10: Comprehensive Evaluation
The second comprehensive evaluation conducted in the Standard Pathway cycle follows the same process as the evaluation conducted in Year 4. The Year 10 evaluation leads to an action regarding the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation.

Program Accreditation

The HLC does not provide program accreditation. BTC is pleased to maintain its standing with leading accrediting agencies in many of our programs.

BTC Accreditation Calendar

“Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.”
US Department of Education.

College-wide Accreditation Accrediting Agency Last Accreditation or Approval Year Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s) Next Accreditation or Approval Year
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Systems Portfolio: 2013-14 Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2011-12 Institutional Research and Effectiveness Analyst

Systems Portfolio: 2017-18 Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2018-19

Program Accrediting Agency Last Accreditation or Approval Year Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s) Next Accreditation or Approval Year
Automotive Technician

National Automotive Technicians’ Education Foundation (NATEF)

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)


Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation

Automotive Mechanic Instructor

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technician National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) 2017

Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation

Machine Shop Instructor

Culinary Arts American Culinary Federation 2013

Dean, Business and General Education

Lead Culinary Arts Instructor

Dental Assistant Commission on Dental Accreditation / American Dental Association 2017

Associate Dean, Allied Health

Lead Dental Assistant Instructor

2024 Self-Study
Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Technology Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 2018 Associate Dean, Allied Health 2028 Self-Study
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) American Refrigeration Institute/Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation 2011

Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation

HVAC/R Instructor

Law Enforcement Academy Department of Justice 2017 Associate Dean, Public Safety 2019 Audit
Medical Assistant Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 2017 Associate Dean, Allied Health 2022 Site Visit
Medical Laboratory Technician National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 2017

Dean, Health & Public Safety

Lead Clinical Lab Tech Instructor

Nursing Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 2011 Associate Dean, Nursing 2019
Nursing Assistant WI Department of Health Services 2015

Associate Dean, Nursing

Nursing Assistant Instructor

2017 Site-visit
Physical Therapist Assistant Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education 2011

Dean, Health & Public Safety

Coordinator, Physical Therapy

Radiography Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 2012 Associate Dean, Allied Health

2018 Self-Study

2019 Site-visit

Updated December 2018

Distance Education Authorization

BTC is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) initiative, which makes academic programs available to students outside of Wisconsin. Visit the Complaint Process page to learn more about filing a distance learning complaint

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