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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
Student Handbook - Section A: College Information and Policies

Accreditation and Assessment


Accreditation is a process that certifies the quality and effectiveness of academic offerings, educational activities, administration, financial stability, admissions, student services, institutional resources, student academic achievement, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with organizations outside the college. MSC Southeast is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission Contact Information:

Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
Telephone: 800-621-7440

Program majors are qualified under the Minnesota Department Approving Agency for Veterans Education Benefits, National Guard and Military Reserve educational benefits, and specific occupation regulatory agencies.  The college is approved as a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC).




College assessment is part of the accreditation process. It is a system of gathering, verifying, communicating, and evaluating information related to the mission and goals of the college and measures college effectiveness and student academic achievement. Assessment can be measured in such forms as surveys, pretests and post-tests, course measurements, program outcomes/expectations, job placement results, and reports of results.

Your opinions as a student are very important to us. For this reason, the college engages in a formal survey process at least every other year. You may be asked to complete the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), which is a well-established tool that helps institutions focus on good educational practice and identify areas in which they can improve their programs and services for students.

Additional opportunities to provide input to the college include:

  • New Entering Student Survey
  • Student Opinion Survey
  • Participation on program advisory committees and focus groups
  • End-of-course surveys
  • Each campus student senate

The information from student assessments:

  • Helps the college plan for the future
  • Documents student performance and academic achievement 
  • Helps the college make adjustments to programs and services
  • Helps students to better understand the college and improve their college experience.



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WINONA CAMPUS | 1250 Homer Road | Winona, MN 55987
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Minnesota State College Southeast is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA accessible. MSC Southeast is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation. In addition, discrimination in employment based on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.


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