SIPI's Accreditation Information
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SIPI is currently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accrediting bodies that accredit entire institutions. To achieve institutional accreditation from the HLC, SIPI underwent a comprehensive evaluation in October 2013. SIPI successfully demonstrated that it met established standards. As a result, the HLC Board of Trustees voted to grant regional accreditation to SIPI on February 27, 2014. Subsequently, on May 23, 2014 the Commission of Opticianry Accreditation (COA) informed SIPI that their Commissioners voted to approve the reinstatement of the Vision care Technology and Optical Technology/Lab programs to their list of COA accredited programs. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) withdrew specialized accreditation on August 18, 2010; in order to regain accreditation by the ACBSP SIPI must reapply for accreditation. SIPI plans to reapply for this specialized accreditation in the near future.
As a regionally accredited institution SIPI is eligible to participate in Title IV federal financial aid and Department of Veteran’s Affairs assistance programs. Regional accreditation status also facilitates the transfer of college credits to other regionally accredited institutions.
Further information on the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Criteria for Accreditation is available at:
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
The Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) accredits the Vision Care Technology A.A.S. degree program and the Optical Laboratory Technology Certificate program.
Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
Debra White, Director of Accreditation
P.O. Box 592, C
Canton, NY 13617