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.”
“It is my great pleasure to let you know that OCCC has been granted Candidacy by NWCCU,” College President Brigette Ryslinge wrote in an email to the College’s Board of Education and management team late Thursday “Now, we set our eyes towards independence!” The Evaluation Report, compiled by the visiting team, and the College’s Response to the Peer-Evaluation Report, are all available for public viewing on the College’s website.
“We have come a long way,” Ryslinge said, “and we know that there is still significant work to be done in order to be fully independent. Our team is ready and eager for the challenge. The communities and students we serve deserve nothing less.”
To learn more about Oregon Coast Community College, including its new Teaching degree program (launching Fall 2018) and its new Early Childhood Education program (Winter 2018), visit the college’s website, oregoncoastcc.org, where you can also follow OCCC’s progress towards independent accreditation.