Garden City Community College will host a “Comprehensive Evaluation for Removal of Sanction” site visit November 5-7, 2018 with a team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission.
City Community College status changed
“Accredited” to “Accredited –On Probation”
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has placed Garden City
Community College in Garden City, Kansas, on Probation. HLC took this
action because it determined that the College does not meet HLC's Criteria for
Accreditation related to faculty and staffing needs, quality of educational
programs, assessment of student
learning, and improvements in student retention and completion, institutional
planning, and institutional performance.
While on Probation, the College remains accredited, and it
has the opportunity to remedy the issues that led to the sanction.
What Probation Means
Probation is a sanction meaning that an accredited
institution is no longer in compliance with one or more of HLC’s Criteria for
Accreditation. The period of Probation is not more than two years.
In most cases, other institutions of higher education will
continue to accept the institution’s credits in transfer or for admission to a
higher degree program. All colleges and universities define their own transfer
and admission policies. Students should contact any institution they plan to
attend in the future so they are knowledgeable about the admission and transfer
policies for that institution.
Noted Criteria for
HLC concluded that the College does not meet the following
Criteria for Accreditation:
Criterion Three, Core Component 3.A, “the
institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education”
Criterion Four, Core Component 4.A, “the institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs”
Criterion Four, Core Component 4.B, “the institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning”
Criterion Four, Core Component 4.C, “the institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs”
HLC concluded that the College meets but with concerns the following Criteria for Accreditation:
Criterion Five, Core Component 5.C, “the
institution engages in systematic and integrated planning”
Criterion Five, Core Component 5.D, “the
institution works systematically to improve its performance”
The College is required to provide evidence that it has
addressed the issues that led to the sanction by September 10, 2018 in
preparation for HLC’s on-site evaluation no later than November 2018. In June 2019,
the HLC Board of Trustees will determine whether the institution has
demonstrated that it is in compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation and
whether Probation can be removed.
About the Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission accredits approximately 1,000 colleges and
universities that have a home base in one of 19 states that stretch from West
Virginia to Arizona. HLC is a private, nonprofit regional accrediting agency.
HLC's mission is to assure and advance the quality of higher learning. It is
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher
Education Accreditation. The institutions HLC accredits include public, private
not-for-profit, and proprietary institutions at degree levels from the
associate's through the doctoral degree level and from small, specialized
institutions through large research universities.
Students, parents, and others from the general public with questions
regarding HLC's work should contact the Higher Learning Commission by email at email@example.com or by phone at 312-263-0456.
In addition, the GCCC
Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing,
and the Associate Degree Program is approved by the Kansas State Board of
Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in
Nursing (ACEN). See our
nursing accreditation page for further detail. Certain GCCC
programs have also obtained other specific individual accreditation. GCCC has
been accepted for the continuous quality improvement accreditation model by the
national Academic Quality Improvement Project.
The GCCC Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs CAAHEP upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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The first four community colleges in Kansas were established in 1919, and
GCCC is one of two from that group which still exist. It was created by
county-wide election on April 1, 1919, and opened in September of the same year.
GCCC initially shared facilities in Sabine Hall and Calkins Hall in the 100
block of Buffalo Jones Avenue with Garden City High School, and opened with a
first class of less than three dozen students. The first graduate, Mildred Hope
of Garden City, earned her degree in the spring of 1920.
The college moved to the then-new Garden City High School building in 1954,
and first occupied a campus of its own in 1958 on property where Buffalo Jones
Elementary School is located.
The first effort to establish GCCC as an entity separate from the Garden City
public school system was launched in 1958. It was killed in a Kansas legislative
committee, a second attempt was also rejected in 1962. In 1963 the college moved back to Sabine and Calkins Halls, and also made use
of nearby Ben Grimsley Gym, as well as a group of adjacent World War II-era
The Kansas Legislature passed the Community College Act in 1965, authorizing
establishment of 22 independent colleges including GCCC. This authorized the
institution to levy taxes, conduct its own programs and function independently
of the K-12 school system. County voters elected the first GCCC Board of
Trustees in July 1965. Today GCCC is one of 19 Kansas community colleges.
The present 14-building, 63-acre campus at 801 Campus Drive was designed
between July, 1965 and January, 1966.
Voters approved a $2.5 million bond issue, supplemented by a $538,000 federal
grant for construction. Erected between 1968 and 1970 were the original
residence hall, Academic Building, Saffell Library, Administration Building,
Fouse Science-Math Building, Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building and Physical
The Collins Technical Building was added in 1974, and a
residential life addition was built in 1978. The Penka Building was added in
1986, when additions were completed to the Joyce, Collins and PE Buildings.
Williams Stadium, a baseball facility, was also added. In January of 1996 a
15,000 sq. ft. $1.4 million technical teaching laboratory was completed so
that GCCC could provide more training for workers in area and national
industries. A three-building student apartment complex opened in 2002, and a
12,900 square-foot, two-level addition to the original student center was
completed in 2003, with the entire structure renamed the Beth Tedrow Student
The 19,260 square-foot, three-level, two-story Student and
Community Services Center opened in August, 2006 and was dedicated in October of
the same year. Attached to the original Administration Building, the $3.12
million facility consolidated public and student services, provided an on-campus
home for adult basic education, added a series of 21st Century classrooms and
created a single point of assistance for most services GCCC provides.
GCCC owns more than 70 acres east of Campus Drive, which has been developed
in a cooperative effort with the City of Garden City. Named Tangeman Fields in
honor of Dr. James Tangeman, a former president, the property includes softball
and baseball facilities. Also located there are the college's indoor baseball
practice building, a football practice area, running track with public seating
and soccer fields.
Garden City Community College does not discriminate against applicants,
employees or students on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin,
sex, age, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit
reasons, or handicap, nor will sexual harassment be tolerated in its employment
practices and/or educational programs or activities. Those concerned about the
above should contact Emily Clouse, Director of Human Resources, Garden City Community College, 801 Campus
Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9574.
Garden City Community College is complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act,
and is committed to equal and reasonable access to facilities and programs for all
employees, students and visitors. Those with ADA concerns, or who need special
accommodations, should contact Melanie Hands, Coordinator of Compliance and Accommodations, Garden City
Community College, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9638.
Title IX Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment
Garden City Community College does not discriminate against applicants, employees
or students on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including
pregnancy), age (40 or older), disability, height, weight, marital status, sexual
orientation, genetic information or other non-merit reasons, or handicap, nor will
sexual harassment or retaliation be tolerated, in its employment practices and/or
educational programs or activities. Harassment is prohibited based on race, color,
age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran's status,
sexual orientation or other factors which cannot be lawfully considered, to the
extent specified by applicable federal and state laws. Vice President of Student
Services coordinates the college's efforts to comply with Title IX. Students concerned
about the above should contact Ryan Ruda, Vice President of Student Services, 620-276-9597,
Student and Community Services Center, 801 Campus Dr., Garden City, KS 67846, and
employees with concerns may contact Emily Clouse, Director of Human Resources,
620-276-9574, Student and Community Services Center, 801 Campus Dr., Garden City, KS 67846.