Accreditation and Institutional Research


Academic Accreditation: Dawson Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority on the educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the Northwest region of the United States, including the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, as well as British Columbia, Canada.

NWCCU recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation by NWCCU applies to the institution as a whole.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by NWCCU should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:


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Institutional Assessment

Institutional Assessment plays an integral role in strategic planning, institutional research and effectiveness, outcomes, and ultimately accreditation. The goal of Institutional Assessment is to lead and support a systematic review of the institutional mission, goals, and outcomes, using ongoing research-based planning and evaluation, which will result in continuous improvement in institutional quality.  Institutional Assessment will also guide the process of effectively accomplishing DCC’s mission according to the strategic plan and accreditation standards.

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