Accreditation Team

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities team, photographed during their visit to OCCC’s Central County Campus in Newport, in April 2018.

Status of OCCC Programs and Services

Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) delivers college credit instruction, certificates and degrees through its Inter-Governmental Agreement with Portland Community College (PCC). PCC is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is a regional post-secondary accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Credits, certificates and degrees earned at OCCC appear on PCC transcripts and are transferable to other institutions, subject to the specific policies of the receiving institutions.

OCCC progress towards independent accreditation:
Candidacy status achieved, July 2018

Oregon Coast Community College has been granted Candidacy status, the final stage prior to independent regional accreditation. The announcement was made Thursday, July 26, by Sonny Ramaswamy, President of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Regional accreditation provides students with access to federal financial aid, and also ensures that credits earned are transferable. Currently, OCCC programs and services are accredited through an agreement with  Portland Community College.

According to Ramaswamy’s letter, the NWCCU took the action at its meeting on June 27-29, 2018, “after consideration of evidence, including the Institution’s Self-Evaluation Report, the Peer-Evaluation Report, the Institutional Response to the Peer-Evaluation Report, and the information received as part of the institutional representative meeting with commissioners.”

OCCC President Birgitte Ryslinge, Dean of Academics and Workforce Daniel Lara, and Dean of Students Cindy Carlson attended the June meeting of the NWCCU and addressed the commission.

More than two years earlier, on January 8, 2016, Oregon Coast Community College was granted Applicant status as a Candidate for Accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Applicant is an affiliate status indicating that an institution appears to meet the Commission’s conditions of eligibility and that its Application for Consideration has been accepted. Recognition as an Applicant neither implies nor ensures an institution will attain Candidate or Accredited status with the Commission.

OCCC is now engaged in its final phase towards accreditation, having successfully completed its self-evaluation to apply for initial Candidacy.The College’s self-study report was filed with NWCCU in February of 2018. An NWCCU evaluation visit took place April 9 to 11, 2018.  As noted above, the NWCCU granted the College Candidate Status in July, 2018.

Our institutional self-evaluation is the most significant part of the accreditation process. The Self-Evaluation report is available for viewing, below.  It is comprehensive, encompasses the entire institution, and addresses the Commission’s accreditation criteria and can be viewed as an ongoing process to understand, evaluate, and improve quality and effectiveness by:

• analyzing institutional resources and effectiveness in fulfilling its mission;
• demonstrating that student achievement is commensurate with the certificates,
diplomas, degrees, or other recognition awarded;
• appraising the relationship of all the institution’s activities to its purposes;
• providing a sound basis for institutional planning and improvement;
• assessing educational achievements as well as structures and processes;
• assessing student achievement with respect to programs and services offered to accomplish educational purposes

The links below will be updated to reflect ongoing progress.

OCCC Initial Candidacy Notification Letter from NWCCU July 24, 2018
OCCC Institutional Response to the Initial Candidacy Evaluation Report
June 7, 2018
2018 Initial Candidacy Peer Evaluation Report April 9-11, 2018
2018 Self-Evaluation for Candidacy Feb 14, 2018
2017 NWCCU Initial Candidacy Visit Letter Nov. 14, 2017
2017 NWCCU letter RE: initial Candidacy Evaluation July 19, 2017
2016 NWCCU letter granting Applicant Status Jan. 29, 2016
2015 Application For Consideration 2015 Oct 27, 2015
2015 Year 7 Self-Evaluation Report (Filed as a stand-alone report with PCC’s Year 7 Self-Evaluation Report)
2014 NWCCU Response 08-26-2014
2014 Report to the NWCCU 07-14-2014