Lower Columbia College | Accreditation

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Contact Information
Accrediting Body:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Accreditation Officer
Wendy Hall
Tel 360.442.2491
Fax 360.442.2379
Toll Free 1.866.900.2311
Admissions Center Room 114
see Campus Map
Additional Links

Commendations and Recommendations from 2010 Self-Study and Site Visit

2010 Accreditation Evaluation Committee Report

Core Themes, Objectives and Indicators

Fall 2011 Year One Report

2011 Year One Peer Evaluation Report

Lower Columbia College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approving Agency

The academic programs of study are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code.

New Accreditation Standards

In 2010 the NWCCU adopted new Accreditation Standards and a revised timeline for reporting and campus visitation. The new model includes four reports and two visits during a seven-year cycle.

The old model consisted of an interim report and visit in year five, with a full report and visit in year ten.

The new standard retains all the elements of the old model with a greatly increased focus on using assessment results to make improvements.

Accreditation Calendar

  • Fall 2011: Year One Report - submitted September 15, 2011
  • Fall 2014: Year Three Report and (most likely virtual) Visit
  • Fall 2017: Year Seven Report and Visit

Lower Columbia College - 2010 Accreditation Self-Study

Full Document (2 mg pdf, opens in new window).