RCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a regional accrediting agency within the scope of authority approved by the United States Department of Education.
Courses and programs are approved by the Oregon State Board of Education, Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. In addition, certain professional associations have also accredited those career and technical programs that require approval. RCC is also approved as a veterans’ training institution by the Veterans Administration.
RCC’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2013 on the basis of a Fall 2012 Year One Evaluation Report on Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations. The College anticipates continuing its long-standing accreditation status by completing another voluntary self-study this Fall 2014 -- a Year Three Evaluation Report on Resources and Capacity. Regional accreditation is intended to ease transfer of credits to other approved institutions, to provide students with eligibility for federal financial aid, and to qualify the institution for state and federal grants and funding. The process also fosters excellence in education and continuous improvement processes.
Advantages of Accreditation:
Rogue Community College complies with NWCCU accreditation policies and practices for the benefit of the college and the students it serves. Advantages of accreditation include:
- Credits offered are transferrable to other colleges and universities.
- Degrees from an accredited college are recognized by employers.
- Students have access to and are eligible for federal financial aid.
- The college is eligible for state and federal grants and funding.
- The college is widely recognized and able to improve and measure the effectiveness of its programs and efforts against state and nationally recognized norms and trends in higher education.