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.
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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.
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 (NWCCU Standard 1). In spring 2021, we will begin prepping for the site visit.
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 student learning, student achievement and institutional effectiveness. 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 2019 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.
November 2019 NWCCU Annual Conference
In November, a team from Lane attended the NWCCU Annual Conference in Seattle to learn about changes NWCCU will implement in January 2020, learn from other institutions how they approach accreditation and meet with our NWCCU Liaison.