SWOCC's Institutional Accreditation Process describes the set of responsibilities reliable methods, and documentation our institution will use to implement NWCCU's Standards for Accreditation. The process will include NWCCU Standards for Accreditation elements as defined by the commission's revised accreditation standards adopted January 11, 2010. The process covers five standards:
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities officially reaffirmed Southwestern Oregon Community College’s accreditation on July 22, 2013, following a peer evaluation of the 2013 Year One Report. The next review by NWCCU will be a year three review in the form of a Mid-Cycle Evaluation (MCE). It is intended to ascertain an institution’s readiness to provide evidence (outcomes) of mission fulfillment and sustainability in the Year 7 report. This report will be submitted to NWCCU by March 2015 and will include a campus site visit in April 2015. This Mid-Cycle report will include two parts. It will respond to recommendations if related to Standard 1 - Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations. Informed and guided by Standards 1 and 3-5, Part I of the MCE will be a narrative shaped by the questions below describing the institution’s plan for linking/aligning mission (Standard One) with mission fulfillment and sustainability (Standard 5). For Part II, we will provide representative examples of how it has operationalized its mission and core themes progressing from objectives to indicators to outcomes.