• A Snapshot of the Accreditation  Cycle and Timeframe

    The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities' (NWCCU) accreditation process uses a seven year cycle of self-study and peer evaluation.. However, CCC, along with other colleges in the Northwest, has been asked to transition into the new accreditation process using a five year cycle versus seven. Our next time through will be on the seven year cycle of review. The timeline for the current five year cycle is shown below. 


    Year Primary Focus
    1 Standard One: Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations. 2010-2011 with Fall 2011 Report.

    Year One Self-Evaluation Report (Standard One) No visit; Evaluator Panel Reviews Standard One; Peer Evaluation Report forwarded to college and Board.

    2 Standard Two: Resources and Capacity 2011-2012, with Fall 2012 Report and Visit. Year Three Self-Evaluation Report (Update Standard One; Add Standard Two)  Committee Visit To Review Standards One and Two; Peer Evaluation Report forwarded to college and Board.
    3 Standard Three: Planning and Implementation; Standard Four: Effectiveness and Improvement; Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability. 2012-2013 Ongoing through 2014-2015. Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report (Update Standards One and Two, Add Standards Three, Four and Five) Committee Visit to Review Standards Three, Four and Five; Peer-Evaluation Report forwarded to Institution and Board. Fall preparation with Spring update and visit by accrediting visiting team May 2 - 4.