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Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluation

Site Visit Scheduled for April 23 - 25, 2012

COOS BAY, Oregon - Southwestern Oregon Community College is currently accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and has been since 1966.   Being an accredited institution indicates that the College meets the Commission's established standards of educational quality and effectiveness: 1) has clearly defined and appropriate educational objectives; 2) operates under conditions by which achievement of those educational objectives can reasonably be expected; 3) is substantially accomplishing its educational objectives; and 4) is organized, staffed, and supported to warrant confidence that it will continue to achieve its educational objectives in the foreseeable future.

The accreditation of Southwestern Oregon Community College was reaffirmed on the basis of the Spring 2011 Year One Evaluation per the letter received from NWCCU dated April 12, 2011. Southwestern Oregon Community College is scheduled to submit a Comprehensive Self-Evaluation Report based on the new NWCCU Standards and host a committee of peers for an on-site evaluation on April 23-25, 2012.  An on-site evaluation of Southwestern Oregon Community College by a NWCCU-selected committee of higher education peers is scheduled for April 23 – 25, 2012 as part of NWCCU’s comprehensive evaluation for re-accreditation. The purpose of this visit is to independently evaluate the College pursuant to the Commission’s accreditation standards and eligibility requirements. 
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is one of six regional organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions within the United States. The Commission is incorporated as a legally established, private 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation for the expressed purpose of accrediting higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Southwestern Oregon Community College invites the submission of comments with regard to qualification for candidacy or accreditation directly to the Commission. In order to be considered, comments must be received by the Commission no later than March 23, 2012.
Comments must be in writing and signed. Submit comments directly to:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052-3981
Phone: 425-558-4224
FAX: 425-376-0596

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