Southwestern Oregon Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that the college meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one that 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 Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial. It 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 Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities 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 Washington, WA 98052
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is a nationally recognized regional accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.
Copies of the college’s accreditation, self-study reports, approvals, and certifications are available for review by contacting the Accreditation Liaison Officer or requesting to review copies of reports which have been made available at the Library (not all reports are available at the Library at this time), located in Tioga Hall or posted in the Institutional Report Archives.
NWCCU Accreditation status is granted as an institution; any program specialized accreditation or approvals are granted by other agencies.
Current Status and Contact Information
Southwestern’s regional accreditation by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) was reaffirmed during the June 2020 commission meeting. Southwestern is to submit a regularly scheduled evaluation report as part of the Mid-Cycle Review Spring 2023.
Institutional Accreditation Contact:
Dr. Ali Mageehon, Accreditation Liaison Officer
Vice President Instruction
Coos Bay OR 97420
|Accreditation or Approval Type||Last Accredited / Approved||Length||Next Site Visit / Reaffirmation|
|Institutional – NWCCU||2020||7 years||2027|
|Culinary ACF – Culinary Arts: Initial 2007||2020||7 Years||2025|
|Baking & Pastry Program: Initial 2009||2020||7 Years||2025|
|EMT – Basic: Initial 1999||2019||5 Years||2024|
|EMT – Intermediate: Initial 1999||2019||5 Years||2024|
|EMT – Paramedic||2018||5 Years||2023|
|Nursing Program||June 2017||8 Years||May 2025|
|Small Business Development Center||2021||Annual Reviews||2022|
|Adult and Pre-College Education||2021||Annual Report||2022|
Program Specialized Accreditation, Agency Self-Study and Approvals
Southwestern is recognized by multiple agencies for approval and program specialized accreditation. Achieving this status is yet another way to ensure the quality of the individual programs at Southwestern. To learn more about specialized accreditation for the Culinary Programs, Early Childhood Education Programs, Emergency Medical Technician Program Approvals, Nursing Program Approvals, Transitional Education Program Approvals visit the page for Program Specialized Accreditation or Agency Self-Study and Approvals.
Oregon State Board of Education Approval
The curricula of programs are approved by the Southwestern Board of Education and then submitted to the Oregon State Board of Education for approval. The programs are subject to periodic evaluation both internally and externally by the state.
Southwestern is committed to a practice of evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of the College. Accreditation and State Standards also require the College to have in place practices to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of all programs and the administrative operations. Success Indicators are one way the College demonstrates to the Accreditation agencies, the State, the Board, the students, the Community and the staff achievement related to programs and administrative operations.
The College’s process is an ongoing, institution wide process of planning and assessment for the purpose of continuous improvement and to provide evidence that the College is effectively achieving its Mission, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Priorities.
Visit the Southwestern Success webpage.