Accreditation
Accreditation

Accreditation

Welcome! This page includes a description of accreditation, our outcomes, where we are in the process, ways to get involved, why it’s important and Lane’s accredited status.

Why does Lane need to be regionally accredited?

Regional accreditors provide the stamp of approval necessary for a college to access funding from the federal government. With 62% of Lane students relying on some form of federal financial aid, accreditation is essential to our financial viability. Beyond providing access to funds, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities’ (NWCCU) accreditation Standards place student success at the heart of the process and incentivize the College to strive toward continual improvement of our ability to equitably serve students, staff, faculty, administrators, and the community. Accreditation ensures that students:

  • receive a quality education
  • have access to federal student aid programs
  • receive transferable credits
  • receive appropriate licensure, certificates, and degrees appropriate to their field 
  • have access to the programs and services that meet their individual needs as learners

To learn more about why accreditation matters, check out, "Why does accreditation matter to me."

Our Current Understanding: Survey Results

During Fall 2019, the Accreditation Communication and Engagement Team invited Lane employees to participate in a survey to gauge awareness about the accreditation process. Overall, most respondents were aware of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) accreditation process. The survey results pointed to areas to focus future communication to help our campus community understand the impact and purpose of accreditation.

It’s the Accreditation Communication and Engagement Team’s goal to raise awareness about the process as we prepare for our 2021 NWCCU site visit. So, over the next year, expect to learn more than you ever wanted to know about accreditation and your role in continuous improvement at Lane!

About Lane's Accreditation Status

Lane Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. For more information about Lane’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities please contact the Accreditation Liaison Officer or the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052, (425) 558‐4224, www.nwccu.org

Infographic

Here's an infographic about Lane's regional accreditation.