Accreditation Standards

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. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
The Commission oversees regional accreditation for 162 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of up to 26 commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.


TVCC is accredited by NWCCU!

New Standards and Timeline

  • TVCC has entered a new accreditation cycle, with revised standards and a seven year timeline.
  • New standards require institutions to identify a mission, core themes, and indicators of achievement across all areas of the college.
  • Specific standards focus on student learning by identifying the key learning outcomes for students in academic programs, determining if students are achieving those outcomes, and working to improve student achievement.
  • Under the seven-year cycle, three self-evaluation reports are completed, and site visits are hosted in years three and seven. Each report addresses different standards and builds upon the previous reports.

Timeline: 2011-2018

Fall 2010: Year One Report, Standard 1
Standard 1: Mission, Core Themes, Expectations
Eligibility Requirements 2 and 3

Fall 2014*: Mid-Cycle Report
Assessment of institutional capacity to provide evidence of mission fulfillment
and sustainability in the Year Seven evaluation

Fall 2014* Site Visit

Fall 2018: Year Seven Report, Comprehensive self-evaluation
All Standards

Fall 2018: Site Visit

Fall 2019: Year One Report, Standard 1
Standard 1: Mission, Core Themes, Expectations
Eligibility Requirements 2 and 3

 

* NWCCU postponed our year three report and the site visit originally scheduled fall 2013 to fall 2014.