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NWCCU Accreditation Reaffirmed June 2020

Southwestern's regional accreditation by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) was reaffirmed during the June 2020 commission meeting.  Southwestern is to submit a regularly scheduled evaluation report as part of the Mid-Cycle Rev...

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Accreditation Status and Annual Report Links

Mid-Cycle Review Report, April 2023


NWCCU 2020 Comprehensive Report


NWCCU Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Logo and Website Link

Current Accreditation Status - Affirmed June 2020 by NWCCU

Annual Reports

2020   *   2019   *   2018   *   2017   *   2016   *   2015   *  

Prior annual reports available by contacting the Accreditation Liaison Officer or the Office of Instruction.

Institutional Accreditation Information

Specialized Program Accreditation Information

Program and Agency Approval Information

2020 Comprehensive Report

The 2020 Comprehensive Report was submitted to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities on February 7, 2020. A virtual visit was held April 8 - 10, 2020, and the college's accreditation status was reaffirmed by the Commission in June 2020. 

Exhibits to the 2020 Comprehensive Report - some documents may not be accessible, If you require an accessible version of a document, or if you require any other accommodations, please contact Administrative Services at (541) 888-7206 or TDD (541) 888-7368.

Overview and Preface Exhibits

Basic Institutional Data Form with required attachments, all forms were also originally located within the comprehensive report document

Addenda Exhibits

Standard 1A and 1B Exhibits

Standard 1B Master Plan Exhibits

Standard 1C Exhibits

Standard 1D Exhibits

Standard 2A Exhibits

Standard 2B and 2C Exhibits

Standard 2D and 2E Exhibits

Standard 2F Exhibits

Standard 2G and 2H Exhibits

Standard 2I Exhibits

Standard 2I Master Plan Exhibits

Standard 2I Technology Replacement Plan 2020 - additional evaluator request

NOTE: The above documents are intended as exhibits to the report and as such the location of information may change over time. The exhibits were accurate and active as of the submission of the report on February 7, 2020.

Prior NWCCU Accreditation Status and Report Links

March 2018 Ad Hoc Report

March 2016 Ad Hoc Report

March 2015 Mid-Cycle Evaluation Report

March 2013 Year One Report

2013 Accreditation Status Reaffirmation Letter

2012 Comprehensive Report

2011 Year One Report

Earlier reports may be accessed on the archived NWCCU reports portal pages.

In addition to achieving regional institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southwestern is recognized by multiple agencies for approval and program specialized accreditation as well as agency self-studies and approvals. Achieving this status is yet another way to ensure the quality of the individual programs at Southwestern.  Learn more about the high standards of our programs that have been recognized with specialized accreditation! 

Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry Arts

    Degree Programs: AAS Degree

                       ACF American Culinary Federation Logo Program Accreditation Webpage Link

EMS -  Paramedicine

    Degree Program:  AAS Degree

    EMT Certificates - Information within the EMS pages.

          CAAHEP Website Logo Link

In addition to achieving regional institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and specialized program accreditation, Southwestern also maintains program approval requirements from multiple agencies.  The State and National approvals are yet another way to ensure the quality of programs at Southwestern.

Nursing Self Study - Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)

Nursing is the longest ongoing degree program at Southwestern! Our program participates in the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, a statewide Nursing partnership of 11 Community Colleges and six Universities with a shared curriculum across all campuses.

         OSBN Oregon State Board of Nursing Logo and Website Link


Adult and Pre-College Education Approvals

Adult and Pre-College Education is an integration of the college’s adult non-credit programs that provides academic classes and supports for success towards a GED, English Language Learners and academic skill building. Adult and Pre-College Education receives Title II funding from the Office of Community College and Workforce Development (CCWD). The previous on-site Program Review was 2012. CCWD no longer provides seven-year on-site reviews. The new process began in 2014 and requires programs to submit Strategic Plans and updates annually.

SBDC - Small Business Development Center