AccreditationStatus 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

Effective 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 our next phase towards accreditation, completing our self-evaluation to apply for initial Candidacy. NWCCU has scheduled their evaluation visit to occur in Spring 2018.  Our self-study report will be filed with NWCCU in February of 2018.

Our institutional self-evaluation is the most significant part of the accreditation process. It must be comprehensive, encompass the entire institution, and address the Commission’s accreditation criteria and 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.

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