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Pierce College District is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2008.

The accrediting body is located at:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, Washington 98052-3981

For further information on Pierce College accreditation contact:

Debra Gilchrist
Vice President for Learning and Student Success
253-964-6584

Why Accreditation is Important

Regional accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid and assures students that credits earned will transfer to other accredited institutions.

The process of accreditation helps the college dedicate time to reflect on its programs and processes, what it does well, where it needs to improve, and how well it serves its mission and goals and therefore its students. This self-analysis helps the institution become a more effective organization.

Reports Related to Our Accreditation

The following reports document the ongoing accreditation process:

Year Report Appendices
2013 Year Three Self Study  
2011 Year One Self Study  
2010 Focused Report Appendices
2009 Focused Report  
2007 Comprehensive Self Study