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Accreditation

Overview

Accreditation is a form of independent review designed to establish and maintain the uniform quality of educational programs and institutional effectiveness. It includes an important process of self-assessment that allows an institution to reflect on its programs, policies, and procedures as well as its strengths and weaknesses in accomplishing its educational mission.

Olympic College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.  As an accredited school, Olympic College is allowed to provide financial aid to qualifying students, thereby giving more people access to strong, valuable education programs.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.  Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA  98052
(425) 558-4224
www.nwccu.org

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities refers to the institution as a whole.  Therefore, statements like "fully accredited" or "this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" or "this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" are incorrect and should not be used.

Olympic College's accreditation was reaffirmed in January 2010 based on its 2009 Self-Study.  The next full review and reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in fall of 2018 with its Year Seven Report.

Olympic College measures its effectiveness and fulfillment of the Mission by using the achievement indicators found in the College’s Core Themes.

Core Theme A: Student Learning and Quality Teaching

  • Objective 1 - Curriculum and programs facilitate student success.
  • Objective 2 - Faculty are effective educators.
  • Objective 3 - Students learn.

Core Theme B: Student Access and Support

  • Objective 1 - Maintain enrollment levels and ensure equal access to education.
  • Objective 2 - OC students are retained and complete their educational goals.
  • Objective 3 - Student support facilitates student success.

Core Theme C: College Environment

  • Objective 1 - Olympic College employees foster a healthy work environment that embraces our values.
  • Objective 2 - Employees and students at Olympic College appreciate diversity and respect our differences.
  • Objective 3 - OC engages in responsible stewardship of our resources.

Core Theme D: Community Enrichment and Responsiveness

  • Objective 1 - Affirm the relevance of OC's existing education and training offerings to community needs.
  • Objective 2 - Ensure strong partnerships between Olympic College and the communities we serve.
  • Objective 3 - Fulfill and enhance Olympic College's role as a cultural resource.

Olympic College is a public, two-year post-secondary institution serving the people of Kitsap and Mason Counties in Washington State (Community College District 3). Some individuals programs are also accredited by various agencies:

Program

 

Agency

 

Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Associate Degree, Nursing

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing; Approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Licensed Practical Nursing

Approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Medical Assisting

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Physical Therapy Assistant

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association

Culinary Arts Institute

American Culinary Federation

Polysomnography

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) [see Medical Office Assistant above]

Child Development and Family Center [Child care Program]

National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, Candidate validation visit winter 2014

Olympic College is also approved by the Veterans Administration for attendance by veterans under Public Law 550 and 894.

 

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities monitors proposed changes whenever an accredited or candidate institution plans a substantive change in its mission and core themes, scope,
ownership or control, area served, or other significant matters.  View the full NWCCU Substantive Change Policy.   NWCCU charges a fee for several of these changes.  View the Substantive Change Fee Structure.


Substantive Changes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Adding courses or a degree program at a new degree level not listed for the institution in the NWCCU Directory ($1000)
  • Adding courses or programs that represent a significant departure from existing offerings of educational programs or method of delivery from those that were previously reported and evaluated ($1000)
  • Offering 50% or more of program requirements or offering degree-completion of a program by distance delivery ($500)
  • Entering into a contractual agreement with a regionally accredited or non-regionally accredited organization to provide courses and program(s) for academic credit on behalf of the candidate or accredited institution ($1000)

Minor Changes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Addition of courses in distance education delivery not previously evaluated and less than 50% of total required credits for program completion ($350)
  • Addition of courses in distance education delivery not previously evaluated and 50% or more of a degree or certificate program’s requirements ($500)
  • Addition of degree program (undergraduate or graduate) or certificate program of 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in length and related to existing offerings ($250)
  • Offering a new program on a trial basis or for a limited time, such as a summer session or for a special group
  • Placement in moratorium, suspension, or termination of a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) or a certificate program of 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in length ($250)

If you have questions, please contact Summer Kenesson, Accreditation Liaison Officer, at skenesson@olympic.edu or (360) 475-7108.