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Accreditation at Rogue Community College

Accreditation at RCC

RCC has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU or the Commission), a regional accrediting agency within the scope of authority approved by the United States Department of Education since 1971. Regional accreditation is voluntary.

Courses and programs are approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission in concert with the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.  RCC is also approved as a veterans’ training institution by the Veterans Administration.

Current Affirmation: RCC's accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2020 on the basis of the new NWCCU 2020 Standards. In addition the College received recommendations and positive feedback from the Commission based on the 2020 Comprehensive Self-Evaluation report and virtual site visit.

Specialized Accreditation: A few of RCC’s career and technical programs have been accredited by program-specific professional associations or approved by state regulatory agencies including Emergency Medical Services, Massage Therapy, Nursing and Practical Nursing.

The College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Oregon Community College Association

Contact: Information about RCC's accreditation is available by contacting the accreditation liaison officer (ALO), Juliet Long, VP of Instruction [email protected].

Advantages of Accreditation:

Rogue Community College complies with NWCCU accreditation standards,  policies and practices for the benefit of the College and the students it serves. Advantages of accreditation include:

  • Ease of transfer of credits to other colleges and universities.
  • Access to and eligibility for federal financial aid for students.
  • Access to and eligibility for state and federal grants and other funding for college programs and services.
  • Recognition as an educational institution that fosters excellence and engages in continuous improvement practices.
  • Opportunity to compare and measure effectiveness against state and nationally recognized norms and trends in higher education.
  • Recognition of students' degrees and certificates by employers.