Accreditation and Continuous Improvement


Eastern Arizona College is a participant in the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathway process to maintain accreditation. The Open Pathway model ensures the institution’s compliance with the standard Criteria for Accreditation while encouraging continuous improvement.

The Open Pathway Overview

EAC’s Accreditation Timeline

EAC’s Current Accreditation Standing

Program Accreditation


Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411 Phone: (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456 Web:


Continuous Improvement at EAC

Eastern Arizona College is dedicated to continuous process improvement and has infused continuous improvement practices and principles into the culture and infrastructure of the institution. EAC’s continuous improvement initiatives are governed by a standing committee that is broadly represented by all EAC employee groups. The major continuous improvement initiatives, Action Projects, are documented and monitored.

Past Action Projects

EAC’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

2013-2016 Open Pathway Quality Initiative

Recommend an Action Project

Program Contact

Aaron M. Westerfield, Ed.D Director of Accreditation and Effectiveness 615 N. Stadium Avenue Thatcher, AZ 85552 (928) 428-8339