• Accreditation


  • Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) 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 MHCC's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the President's Office or the Accreditation Liaison Officer in Building 13, Room 2398, at 503-491-7630.

    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

    PUBLIC NOTICE FOR YEAR SEVEN EVALUATION VISIT

    The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) will perform a comprehensive accreditation evaluation visit to Mt. Hood Community College on November 7-9, 2016. The NWCCU evaluation team, led by faculty and staff from peer institutions in the NWCCU region, will meet with campus students, faculty, staff and Board of Education members to evaluate the college's accreditation status, in conjunction with the college's Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report. This visit is the culminating step in a regular seven-year cycle of review for each member college within the Commission.

    The NWCCU is an independent, nonprofit membership organization and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

    Mt. Hood Community College has continuously maintained its accreditation with NWCCU since 1972. Accreditation through NWCCU means that the MHCC district meets or exceeds the commission's established standards of educational quality and effectiveness. The NWCCU last reaffirmed MHCC's accreditation in February 2014 in conjunction with the district's Year Three Self Evaluation Report.

    In addition, these Career Technical programs are accredited or approved by the following associations:

    • Automotive: National Automotive Technician Education Foundation
    • Dental Hygiene: Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association
    • Emergency Medical Technician: Oregon Department of Education
    • Funeral Service Education: American Board of Funeral Service Education
    • Natural Resources Technology - Forest Resources: Society of American Foresters.
    • Nursing: Oregon State Board of Nursing
    • Nursing Assistant: Oregon State Board of Nursing
    • Physical Therapy Assistant: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Surgical Technology: Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology
    • Respiratory Care: Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
    • Welding: American Welding Society