Cascadia College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited college or university is one which 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 but 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 accreditation 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, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224
www.nwccu.org

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities refers to the institution as a whole.  Therefore, statements like "fully accredited" or "this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" or "this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" are incorrect and should not be used.

Cascadia's most recent accreditation reports can be viewed with the links on the right, including the most recent 2014-15 Mid-Cycle Evaluation report.

 

Strategic Plan: Themes and Sub-Themes

The Strategic Plan sets the priorities of Cascadia College and ensures that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals. The Strategic Plan is an integral part of our identity and strengthens connections between our vision, mission, values, and learning outcomes. The Strategic Plan supports our planning, decision-making, and allocation of resources and articulates Cascadia College's commitment to the themes, sub-themes, and goals below.

Theme 1: Access

Sub-Themes:

  • Expanding college access for high school students
  • Promoting pluralism and social justice by expanding access to college programs
  • Streamlining access to bachelor's degree attainment

Theme 2: Integrated Education

Sub-Themes:

  • Enhancing interdisciplinary programs
  • Growing community-based learning and internships
  • Developing and implementing a model community college internationalization plan

Theme 3: Learning-Centered Environment

Sub-Themes:

  • Improving faculty and staff support
  • Extending academic support for students
  • Creating physical spaces that support integrated education
  • Enhancing and expanding STEM education

Theme 4: Assessment of Student Success

Sub-Themes:

  • Maintaining high levels of student engagement
  • Strengthening students' success
  • Ensuring student learning

Theme 5: Institutional Sustainability

Sub-Themes

  • Improving infrastructure
  • Managing risk
  • Maintaining relationship with UW Bothell
  • Communicating and engaging
  • Supporting employees
 
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NWCCU Comprehensive Commendations and Recommendations (spring 2012)
Commendations
The Commission commends the College on its open and participatory, transparent decision-making and governance structure.
 
In addition, the Commission finds laudable the College Board of Trustees' clearly defined oversight, participation, and engagement in planning.
 
Moreover, the Commission commends the College for a robust, systematic assessment of student learning led by faculty which genuinely internalizes the value of assessment of student learning to enhance student achievement and is grounded by the four College-wide learning outcomes.
 
Further, the Commission applauds the College for embracing environmental stewardship in operational practices spanning all campus units and for integrating sustainability into the College's curriculum.
 
Lastly, the Commission finds noteworthy the use of well-developed, in-depth tools for authentic assessment of student advising as evidence of the practice of using assessment results for improvement.
Recommendations
The evaluation committee recommends that the College continue to review and establish meaningful links among its mission statement, its core themes, objectives, and indicators
(Standard 1.B.1 and 1.B.2).
 
The committee recommends that the College strengthen the connection between assessment of core themes and the College's planning, decision-making, and allocation of resources (Standard 4.B.1)
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