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

2010 Accreditation Self-Study

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

2014 Mid-Cycle Evaluation

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.

Accreditation Standards

In 2010 the NWCCU adopted new Accreditation Standards and a revised timeline for reporting and campus visitation. The new model includes three reports and 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 data and evidence, particularly in regard to assessment of student learning outcomes.

Accreditation Calendar

  • Fall 2011: Year One Report - submitted September 15, 2011
  • Fall 2014:  Mid-Cycle Evaluation - submitted August 25, 2014
  • Fall 2018: Year Seven Report and Visit (note: revised date)
  • Fall 2019: Year One Report
  • Fall 2021: Mid-Cycle Evaluation
  • Fall 2025: Year Seven Report and Visit

Learn More about Accreditation

A 12-minute Overview of Accreditation for LCC faculty and staff is available through LCC's YouTube channel. Just click on this link http://youtu.be/UxYr1Bo0YNs, or view below.