Accreditation and Compliance Statements
Alma College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Michigan Department of Education approves Alma programs for certification of elementary and secondary teachers. Approval of Alma programs is also given by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, the National Association of Schools of Music and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Contact information follows:Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North La Salle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Phone: 1-800-621-7440 / (312) 263-0456
FAX: (312) 263-7462
Web site: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org Michigan Department of Education
John A. Hannah Office Building
608 West Allegan, Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 373-3324
www.mde.state.mi.us Committee on Professional Training
American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 872-4589
FAX: (202) 872-6066
www.acs.org National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 437-0700
FAX: (703) 437-6312
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006
Round Rock, TX 78664
Phone: (512) 733-9700
FAX: (512) 733-9701
The College maintains membership in the American Association of University Women, Association of American Colleges, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan, Council for Undergraduate Research, College Entrance Examination Board, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Presbyterian College Union.
Alma's academic catalog contains the most accurate information available at the time of publication. A brief supplement with updated information will be published for 2010-11. Alma College reserves the right to change without notice statements in this catalog concerning, but not limited to, curricula, fees, rules, policies, scholarships and tuitions.
Alma College has adopted an Emergency Response Plan, revised in January 2008, that provides contingency procedures for Alma College administrators, staff, faculty and students in the event of a campus emergency. The College also has implemented an Emergency Notification System that allows the College to send immediate, time-sensitive voice and text notifications to students, faculty and staff in the event of a campus emergency. Students, faculty and staff can update their emergency contact information via the College's Web portal.
Federal Compliance Statements
Campus Crime. Alma College abides by the Student Right-to-Know, the Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Higher Education Act Reauthorization of 2008. The College makes information concerning campus crime statistics available in printed form to the campus community each year. This information is also available to prospective students upon request.
Financial Information. The College's annual financial report is available for review by prospective students, alumni and the public upon request at the library's reserve desk.
Nondiscrimination Statement. Alma College's nondiscrimination policy includes age, color, creed, gender, national origin, physical ability, race, religion and sexual orientation.
Retention. For the past five years, the fall-to-fall retention rate from first-year to second-year students has averaged 79 percent. The fall-to-fall retention rate for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors has met or exceeded 86 percent for each of the past five years. The six-year degree completion rate for the last five graduating classes has exceeded 70 percent. The five-year rate for the class of 2006 was 70 percent.
Students with Disabilities. Alma College is committed to complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 by providing access to campus facilities and reasonable accommodations in programs, services and classroom activities. Students with disabilities are responsible for ensuring that the College is aware of disabilities that require accommodations by contacting the Academic and Career Planning office.