College Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states.

AQIP Comprehensive Quality Review

AQIP Pathway 

The AQIP Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). AQIP is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, but with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement. Many of the processes are built around the AQIP Pathway Categories, which provide a framework that institutions can use to examine their key processes and analyze, understand, and explore opportunities for improvement. The AQIP Pathway follows an Eight-Year Cycle.

Action Projects

An institution on the AQIP Pathway completes an ongoing cycle of Action Projects that over time constitute its record for quality improvement activities. The Action Project requirement is central to an institution’s success in the program because it compels the institution to develop the structure(s) necessary to organize and oversee a quality initiative.

Systems Portfolio

An institution on the AQIP Pathway is required to submit a Systems Portfolio in Years 3 and 7. The Systems Portfolio covers the six AQIP Categories, describing processes, results and improvement in each of the institution’s systems, and shows evidence that the institution continues to meet HLC's five Criteria for Accreditation. The portfolio is appraised by a team of HLC peer reviewers, who provide feedback on the institution’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Program Accreditation

The HLC does not provide program accreditation. BTC is pleased to maintain its standing with leading accrediting agencies in many of our programs.

BTC Accreditation Calendar

“Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.”
US Department of Education.

College-wide Accreditation Accrediting Agency Last Accreditation or Approval Year Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s) Next Accreditation or Approval Year
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Systems Portfolio: 2013-14 Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2011-12 Institutional Research and Effectiveness Analyst

Systems Portfolio: 2017-18 Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2018-19

Program Accrediting Agency Last Accreditation or Approval Year Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s) Next Accreditation or Approval Year
Automotive Technician

National Automotive Technicians’ Education Foundation (NATEF)

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)


Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation

Automotive Mechanic Instructor

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technician National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) 2017

Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation

Machine Shop Instructor

Culinary Arts American Culinary Federation 2013

Dean, Business and General Education

Lead Culinary Arts Instructor

Dental Assistant Commission on Dental Accreditation / American Dental Association 2017

Associate Dean, Allied Health

Lead Dental Assistant Instructor

2024 Self-Study
Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Technology Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 2018 Associate Dean, Allied Health 2028 Self-Study
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) American Refrigeration Institute/Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation 2011

Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation

HVAC/R Instructor

Law Enforcement Academy Department of Justice 2017 Associate Dean, Public Safety 2019 Audit
Medical Assistant Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 2017 Associate Dean, Allied Health 2022 Site Visit
Medical Laboratory Technician National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 2017

Dean, Health & Public Safety

Lead Clinical Lab Tech Instructor

Nursing Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 2011 Associate Dean, Nursing 2019
Nursing Assistant WI Department of Health Services 2015

Associate Dean, Nursing

Nursing Assistant Instructor

2017 Site-visit
Physical Therapist Assistant Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education 2011

Dean, Health & Public Safety

Coordinator, Physical Therapy

Radiography Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 2012 Associate Dean, Allied Health

2018 Self-Study

2019 Site-visit

Updated December 2018

Distance Education Authorization

BTC is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) initiative, which makes academic programs available to students outside of Wisconsin. Visit the Complaint Process page to learn more about filing a distance learning complaint

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