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Lower Columbia College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NWCCU indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the NWCCU is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the NWCCU should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224
www.nwccu.org

Accreditation by the NWCCU refers to the institution as a whole. Therefore, statements like "fully accredited" or "the program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" or "this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" are incorrect and should not be used.

Accreditation Calendar

Accreditation Overview

Accreditation is a process used to determine whether an organization is meeting externally defined standards. The NWCCU adopted new Accreditation Standards and a revised timeline for reporting and campus visitation in 2010. The current model includes three reports and two visits in a seven-year cycle.

Accreditation from a recognized regional accreditor enables colleges to qualify for federal Title IV funds (e.g. financial aid for students) and other federal grants and contracts.

Demonstrating our effectiveness as an institution is a big part of the accreditation process. LCC does this in three primary ways:

  1. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) - we measure and report our effectiveness each year in a series of institutional monitoring reports. Review teams recommend targets for each KPI that are approved by the LCC Board of Trustees.
  2. Curriculum and Program Review - LCC faculty regularly engage in evaluation of their courses and programs. All faculty use a common template following a master timeline, and complete one review cycle every two years.
  3. Global Skills Assessment - LCC faculty assess one global skill every year during an annual summer assessment institute. In fall quarter, faculty discuss the results and work on ways to improve student outcomes attainment in terms of communication, critical thinking, interpersonal relations, and numeracy.

Accreditation Help

The NWCCU's Substantive Change Policy requires colleges to submit proposed program changes apart from the institutional accreditation reporting and visitation process. The policy states:

"If an institution implements a change without prior written notice or if it proceeds to implement a substantive change denied by the Executive Committee or Commission, the Commission may issue an order for the institution to show cause as to why its accreditation or candidate status should not be terminated."

For assistance with program change requests, please refer to the resources below and contact the ALO with questions (ALO contact information listed below page content).


Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations

  (360) 442-2491
Fax: (360) 442-2659
  whall@lowercolumbia.edu

 Applied Arts 124

 Hours

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