Jul 24, 2024  
Fall 2024 Academic Catalog 
    
Fall 2024 Academic Catalog

Accreditation


Accreditation

College Accreditation Agency

NC-SARA

Programs with Specialized Accreditation Agencies

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Program Certifications


Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.

Accreditation

Accreditation is the process whereby a professional association or nongovernmental agency grants recognition to a school or program the ability to meet predetermined established criteria or standards. Accreditation includes approval of governance, curriculum, and quality of its faculty, adequacy of facilities, library, equipment, laboratories, and assessment. To assure its stature and academic excellence, a college obtains accreditation from both regional and national agencies and professional organizations and joins certain accrediting organizations.

Pierpont’s Accreditation Status

In October 2023, Pierpont received its first full evaluation from the Higher Learning Commission as a stand-alone community college. 

Upon completion of the visit, Pierpont reached an important milestone in its transition from a university college to West Virginia’s newest stand-alone community and technical college. Its accreditation was reaffirmed, and the institution received an accreditation status of ‘Accredited-On Notice.’

This status affirms the direction of Pierpont’s progress and provides valuable insights into areas where Pierpont can further strengthen as an institution. Addressing these areas, Pierpont will ensure it remains in compliance with the Higher Learning Commission’s requirements, reinforcing its commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.

For Pierpont’s Public Disclosure Statement of Status, please visit this webpage.

Please visit www.pierpont.edu/about/accreditation for more information.

College Accreditation Agency

The Higher Commission (HLC)
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440
www.hlcommission.org

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation, which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Contact information:
www.hlcommission.org
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
800.621.7440
info@hlcommission.org

The complaint process is designed to identify substantive problems with an institution’s ability to meet the Criteria for Accreditation. HLC’s policy on complaints provides a full description of the type of complaints that HLC will review.

View the HLC website to file a complaint.

NC-SARA

Pierpont Community and Technical College participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs. NC-SARA is a multi-state reciprocity agreement for colleges and universities. Pierpont’s partnership and approval for participation allow Pierpont to offer online courses or programs across state and territorial lines across the U.S. Students with complaints about the consistency and quality of online courses and programs must first exhaust Pierpont’s institutional process for academic complaints before appealing to the SARA Portal Entity in the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. Pierpont’s procedure for appeals and academic complaints is outlined in the Procedure for Appeals section of the academic catalog, ascribing to the Board of Governor’s Policy 18.

Pierpont agrees to work with our System’s SARA Portal Entity to resolve complaints arriving from its students in SARA states and will abide by decisions of that entity regarding resolution of such complaints after all institutional processes have been exhausted. 

Programs with Specialized Accreditation Agencies

Dietetic Technician Program (AAS)
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)  
ACEND Letter 2  
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 899-0040; Ext. 5400
(3012) 899-4817 Fax
http://www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND
Complaints: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/public-notices-and-announcements/filing-a-complaint


Emergency Medical Services (AAS)
Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professional (CoAEMSP )
3301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
(214) 703-8992 Fax
www.coaemsp.org
Complaints: https://coaemsp.org/coaemsp-contact-staff-members


Drafting & Design (AAS), Graphics Technology (AAS)
Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE )
1390 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 677-0720
www.ATMAE.org
Complaints: admin@atmae.org


Food Service Management (AAS)
American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC )
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
(800) 624-9458
www.acfchefs.org
Complaints: https://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Certify/Commission/ACF/Certify/Commission/


Health Information Technology (AAS)
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM )
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
www.cahiim.org
Complaints: https://www.cahiim.org/programs/complaint-process


Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS)
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS )
5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(847) 939-3597
http://www.naacls.org
Complaints: https://naacls.org/Students.aspx


Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS) 
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3084
Telephone: (703) 706-3245
Email: accreditation.apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx
Complaints: https://www.capteonline.org/complaints


Respiratory Care (AAS) (CoARC-Probationary Status) 
Commission on the Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC )
P.O. Box 54876
Hurst, TX 76054-4876
(817) 283-2835
(817) 354-8519 Fax
www.coarc.com
Complaints: https://coarc.com/students/complaint-process/


Veterinary Technology (AAS) (Probationary Status ) 2023 AVMA Report of Evaluation 
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4361
(800) 248-2862
www.avma.org
Complaints: https://www.avma.org/education/center-for-veterinary-accreditation/committee-veterinary-technician-education-activities/cvtea-accreditation-policies-and-procedures-complaints


Licensed Practical Nursing (CAS)
West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses (WVBELPA)
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
(877) 558-LPNS
www.lpnboard.state.wv.us
Complaints: https://wvpn.boardsofnursing.org/complaint


Radiologic Technology (Partnership Program with Accreditations held by WVU Hospital  & United Hospital Center )
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
www.jrcert.org
Complaints: https://www.jrcert.org/accreditation-for-students/allegations/

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure
NC-SARA Disclosure for Professional Licensure and Disclosure

Program Certifications

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA )
CFR 147, Code of Federal Regulations
800 Independence Way
Washington, DC 20591
www.faa.gov