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Institutional Accreditation

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, phone 800-621-7440).

State Affiliation

Cincinnati State is an Ohio public institution and its programs of study are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). The College is authorized to grant associate's degrees in arts, sciences, applied business, applied science, and individualized and technical study.

Click to view Cincinnati State information on the ODHE website

Cincinnati State is also a member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

Cincinnati State is authorized by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for delivery of the Paramedic Certificate (EMTPC) – Undergraduate Certificate program at its Highland Heights, KY location (Campbell County Fire Protection Training Center, 10 Fire Training Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41076).

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Cincinnati State has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. Participation in SARA provides the College with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of other SARA states. Additional information regarding SARA can be found at NC-SARA. Please note that this information is subject to change.

Academic Program Accreditations

Click to view the list of associations, agencies, and/or governmental bodies that accredit, approve, or license Cincinnati State’s academic programs.

Accreditation Pathway with HLC

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Cincinnati State is transitioning to the Higher Learning Commission’s Standard Pathway.

The College’s reaffirmation date for accreditation has been extended to the 2023-2024 academic year, and all future required accrediting pathway activities are being aligned with this reaffirmation date.

Prior to 2018, Cincinnati State's institutional accreditation followed the AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) Pathway, one of three options institutions had in the past for maintaining accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

Cincinnati State's HLC-related activities from past years are summarized below.
Higher Learning Commission Action Letter re: IAC Accepted Team Report and Interim Report (Aug. 2, 2019)
Higher Learning Commission Action Letter re: Cincinnati State accreditation (Sep. 20, 2018)

For more information about HLC Accreditation:

Contact Timothy Mott, HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer - (513) 569-1747 or

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