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Public notice of college accreditation visit

Post Date:01/18/2019 11:59 am

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) will perform a comprehensive accreditation visit to Whatcom Community College (WCC) on April 15-17, 2019. The purpose of the visit is to evaluate WCC’s compliance with NWCCU accreditation standards and policies. During the visit, an NWCCU peer evaluation team will be meeting with students, faculty, staff and WCC Board of Trustees. 

Prior to this evaluation visit, members of the public may provide comment on WCC’s qualifications for accreditation. To be considered, all comments must be signed and delivered to NWCCU thirty days prior to the visit (March 16, 2019). Comments should be addressed to:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Ave NE, Ste 100
Redmond, WA 98502

WCC is currently regionally accredited through NWCCU and last had its accreditation reaffirmed in 2011. In 2012, WCC completed the year one evaluation of the current accreditation cycle; a year three evaluation was completed in 2014. WCC also submitted ad hoc reports in 2012 and 2015. WCC’s Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report will be submitted to NWCCU prior to March 1, 2019 and will be posted on WCC’s website prior to the evaluation visit.

This announcement is being sent per requirements of NWCCU Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Year Seven Evaluations. More information can be found at the NWCCU website (full link: or by contacting NWCCU.

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