Accreditation Status of OCCC Programs and Services

Oregon Coast 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 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

Oregon Coast Community College was recognized as independently accredited by the NWCCU in February 2020. The links below provide a comprehensive history of the institution’s journey towards, and achievement of, independence. The College will submitted its Ad Hoc Report to the NWCCU in April 2021, and will host a mid-cycle review in Fall 2022. Direct questions about OCCC’s accreditation status to

The links below represent milestones in OCCC’s progress towards accreditation.


2021 AdHoc Report to NWCCU, April 2021
2020 NWCCU letter granting Initial Accreditation
2019 Initial Accreditation Peer Evaluation Report  
October 16-18, 2019
OCCC Self-Evaluation for Initial Accreditation
August 29, 2019
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

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