Institutional Effectiveness

Central Lakes College is one of 32 colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Click on the following logo to view the Statement of Affiliation Status (SAS) and the Organizational Profile (OP).

The Commission’s accreditation of the institution includes the main campuses, plus the following additional locations:

Aitkin High School, 306 Second Street NW, Aitkin, MN 56431-1246
Brainerd High School, 702 South 5th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401-4019
Crosby-Ironton High School, 711 Poplar Street, Crosby, MN 56441-1135
Holdingford High School, 900 Fifth Street, Holdingford, MN 56340-0250
Little Falls High School, 1001 SE Fifth Avenue, Little Falls, MN 56435-3398
Long Prairie High School, 205 South Second Street, Long Prairie, MN 56347-1603
Mille Lacs Tribal College, 43651 Oodena Drive, Onamia, MN 56359
Northland High School, 316 Main Street East, Remer, MN 56672
Onamia High School, 35465 -125th Avenue South, Onamia, MN 56359-0801
Pequot Lakes High School, 30805 Olson Street, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472-3094
Pierz High School, 112 Kaminic Street, Pierz, MN 56364-4000
Pine River Community Outreach, 980 First Street North, Pine River, MN 56474-0610
Pine River-Backus High School, 810 First Street North, Pine River, MN 56474
Royalton High School, 120 South First Street, Royalton, MN 56373-0005
Sauk Centre High School, 903 State Street, Sauk Centre, MN 56378-1672
Staples-Motley High School, 401 Centennial Lane, Staples, MN 56479
Swanville/Grey Eagle High School, 602 Degraff Street, Swanville, MN 56382-0098
Upsala High School, 415 South Main Street, Upsala, MN 56384-0190

Program Accreditation
The following programs have received specialized accreditation for program-specific accrediting agencies:

Nursing and Practical Nursing – National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (pre-accreditation status)
Automobile Technology – National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc.
Child Development, Care and Guidance – National Association for the Education of Young Children
Dental Assisting – Commission on Dental Education
Diesel and Heavy Equipment – Associated Equipment Distributors
Medical Assisting – Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Complaints and Grievances
Individuals interested in bringing an appropriate complaint to the attention of The Higher Learning Commission can do so by following the procedure described in Complaints Against an Affiliated Institution (HLC).

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Policy 3.8 and Minnesota State Board Policy 3.8.1 describe procedures for student complaints and grievances.

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