Accreditation ensures stakeholders that an educational institution meets acceptable standards of quality. Through an ongoing process of self-study and external peer review, accreditation affirms that the College and its programs are of the highest standards as recognized by regional, state, and programmatic accreditors. Mercy College of Ohio is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly the Ohio Board of Regents). The College also has several programs of study that are accredited by specialized accrediting agencies.