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Our Accreditation

Here at Edmonds College, we choose to be a member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and to regularly reaffirm our accreditation to better serve our students, employees and community. We received our first accreditation in 1973. Since that time, we have been continuously accredited by the NWCCU.

We also have two programs that are either accredited or recognized by their appropriate accrediting agency or professional organization. These two programs are paralegal and construction management.

Who is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)?

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is a regional postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation status reflects an external assessment of a college, providing assurance to students and the community that the college adheres to established standards for a high quality education. The intensive, periodic self-study and peer evaluation processes that are required for reaffirmation of accreditation gives the entire college community an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at how it operates as an institution. This process promotes cross-campus communication and information for ongoing improvement and future planning.

We demonstrate our adherence to the NWCCU's eligibility requirements and standards through ongoing self-evaluation. We continuously seek to understand what is going well at the College and to better understand the challenges we face as an institution, in order to take actions that more effectively help our students succeed.