Cascadia 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 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 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, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224
www.nwccu.org

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education  as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Cascadia's most recent accreditation reports can be viewed with the links on the right, including the most recent Spring 2012 Comprehensive visit report.

 

 

Core Themes and Objectives (2012-2019)

Core Theme 1: Learning-centered Community

Objectives:

  • The community is engaged in a learning-centered environment.
  • Strong engagement with other educational institutions.
  • Learners are supported to achieve educational goals.

Core Theme 2: Integrated Education

Objectives:

  • Learners connect disciplinary knowledge to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary contexts.
  • Learners build knowledge across the curriculum and co-curriculum.
  • Learners apply integrated education to situations on and off campus.
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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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