Accreditation Process

The Accreditation Process

Overview of Lane's Regional Accreditation Process

The accreditation process includes a comprehensive self-study and evaluation to determine how we meet our mission and serve our students. Maintaining accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU, nwccu.org) requires Lane to participate in a seven-year continuous improvement cycle including submitting reports and hosting evaluators during site visits. 

Where are we now? We completed and submitted our year three self-evaluation report in September 2017 and it was accepted by NWCCU in January 2018. We are implementing recommended changes.

During Fall 2018, a Coordinating Team began the planning process and in Winter 2019, initial Leadership Team members continued the work. During Winter and Spring terms, we recruited staff and faculty for the Leadership Team, hired a technical writer and created the Communication and Engagement Team. Future opportunities to get involved will be announced in the Fall 2020.

Visual aids: Here's an online presentation about the process, a high-level timeline, summary timeline and a summary work plan.

Recent presentation: Here's a presentation to OHSU, Aug 19, 2019 about Lane's approach to accreditation.

What's next? Our next step is to prepare for the year six Policy, Regulation and Financial Review (NWCCU Standard 2) due in ~June 2020 and to raise awareness about continuous improvement and accreditation. Concurrently, we will begin gathering data and evidence to complete the year seven report and site visit (NWCCU Standard 1).

What are the outcomes of the process?

The self-study process allows us to take a comprehensive look at how we do things and how we might improve with the ultimate goal of student learning and achievement, institutional effectiveness and mission fulfillment. After the self-study, we create reports for NWCCU, which provide snapshots of our institutional effectiveness. Then, we host NWCCU evaluators during a site visit. NWCCU can issue compliments, commendations, concerns and recommendations. We use that information to improve.

June NWCCU Student Success Conference Recap

In early June, the CML hosted the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Oregon Student Success Center and Whatcom Community College who presented info about NWCCU standards that go live on January 1, 2020. The presenters provided insight into the NWCCU process, timeline, a robust discussion about data and listened to feedback. We had an outstanding turnout of 28 Lane participants including staff, faculty and managers. Participants found the information to be helpful and especially appreciated the collaboration between the three groups as well as the focus on student learning and achievement. To learn more about accreditation, join us during Fall In-Service.