Measures for educational performance, integrity and quality

TCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation is the nationally and regionally mandated process of recognizing education institutions for performance, integrity and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. It validates the degrees/certificates we offer through the Dept. of Education, and secures Title IV federal funding (teaching, research, financial aid).

Accreditation for the College is done through an independent peer review. The goal is to establish and maintain an acceptable quality of educational programs and institutional effectiveness. The accreditation process has two elements. The first is a self-assessment that allows the institution to reflect on its programs, policies, and procedures, its strengths and weaknesses in accomplishing its educational mission, and its future goals. The second is a three-day visit to the college by a Peer Evaluation Team to and meet its community (NWCCU).

Year Seven Accreditation Visit was scheduled for April 28-30, 2021 and has been completed. NWCCU will submit its final report to TCC in July. 

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Support the Accreditation Process

Staff & Faculty, if you master these objectives, you’ll be ready to support the school when you show up to the Staff/Faculty/Gig Harbor Forum! Check out the Accreditation at TCC KudoBoard to see great examples of how this is done, and share your statement of connection to TCC Strategy with your colleagues!  

  1. Able to relate your work to at least one strategic plan goal/​mission/vision/values
  2. Able to speak about your work within the context of the report’s narrative​
  3. Able to describe what Continuous Improvement means to your team

Mark Your Calendars 

Event Date Time Zoom Link
Faculty Forum April 28 5-6pm

OR by phone 253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 83634118360

Student Forum April 28 3-4pm

OR by phone 253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 88927610064

Gig Harbor Campus Forum April 29 9-10am

OR by phone 253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 86136074354, Passcode: 246829

Staff Forum April 29 5-6pm

OR by phone 253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 86875541209

Calling all TCC students! 

Pledge your support with our Accreditation Visit! And win prizes, too.

Regional Accreditation Statement

NCCU acreditation logoTacoma Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

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


Questions about accreditation? 

Contact Lillian Ferraz
Accreditation Liaison and Strategic Planning Officer
Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The NWCCU has a specific policy and instructions for any TCC community member to file complaints with the Commission. Please find the policy here (pdf). Complaints must be filed by postal mail to:

8060 165th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052


NWCCU Accreditation at TCC

2020: TCC Accreditation

2017: Mid Cycle Self Evaluation & Bachelor Level Accreditation

The mid-cycle evaluation report doesn't include a visit to the campus, but a group of NWCCU commissioners provides input on ways that the college/university can improve before their accreditation. The Ad Hoc Report was all that was required of Recommendation 1, and satisfied the terms of lifting that recommendation from the college.

The new Bachelors of Sciences in Health Information Management was submitted for NWCCU to accredit. NWCCU accepted and the college became accredited for Bachelor-level degree programs.

Summer 2016 & Winter 2017: Resolution of Recommendation 2

In June of 2016, TCC received the report from the State Auditor’s Office and the Board of Trustees proceeded to review the three recommendations from the state auditor with the TCC Finance Office. TCC informed NWCCU of their progress at the end of summer. The NWCCU commission reviewed the auditor’s reports and TCC plans to improve, and on January 7th voted to withdraw Recommendation 2 and lift the probationary status.

Spring 2016: Follow-up on Recommendation 2

The auditing reports for Fiscal Years 2013-14 and 2014-15 had been submitted to the State Auditor’s Office, but had not yet been completed at the time of the letter. In 2016, this was the end of the recommendation period, and now NWCCU imposed a probation on TCC, pending satisfactory financial auditing.

2015: Follow-up on Recommendation 2

New processes occurring with the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges required annual financial audits at the same time that NWCCU was requiring financial audits of TCC. TCC submitted their audit information to the State Auditor’s Office, but they were overwhelmed with the number of new audits required. NWCCU accepted that audits would not be submitted until 2016.

2014: School Accreditation

This letter included two recommendations:

  1. That the school provide an Ad Hoc Report in 2017 to update NWCCU on appropriate staffing levels. NWCCU found TCC to be in compliance, but in need of improvement.
  2. The school conduct annual financial audits until meeting the finance standards of NWCCU.

2012: Mid-Cycle Evaluation


Financial Statement Audits

The College undergoes an annual financial statement audit as part of the Accreditation Process (NWCCU Standard 2.E.1), and the College has received a clean (unmodified) opinion on our financial statement audits starting with FY2014 through FY2018 noted below. 

If you have questions on any of these financial statements, please contract Patty McCray-Roberts at 253-566-5050, or email 

Financial Statements Audit Reports

FY18 Financial Statement

FY17 Financial Statement

FY16 Financial Statement

FY15 Financial Statement

2015 Financial Statements Audit Report

2014 Financial Statements Audit Report