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College Website and Publications Requirements: Accreditation and Reporting

This section of the College Website and Publication Requirements covers issues related to accreditation and reporting.

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Citation

 NWCCU

Frequency

 Continuous

Location

 Website or catalog

Description

The institution publishes in a catalog and/or on a website current and accurate information regarding:

  • mission and core themes
  • admission requirements and procedures
  • grading policy
  • information on academic programs and courses
  • names, titles and academic credentials of administrators and faculty
  • rules and regulations for student conduct
  • rights and responsibilities of students
  • tuition, fees, and other program costs
  • refund policies and procedures
  • opportunities and requirements for financial aid
  • academic calendar

 

Citation

U.S. Department of Education rule

Frequency

 Continuous

Location

 Website

Description

Federal regulations require academic institutions to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment (GE) Programs, and about students who enrolled in those programs eligible for Title IV funding that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

Example

South Puget Sound Community College Gainful Employment Disclosure

Citation

NWCCU

Frequency

Continuous

Location

Website, catalogs, brochures, advertisements, etc.

Description

The commission asks that the following statement be used by the institution for disclosing its accredited status on its website and in catalogues, brochures, advertisements, etc. The following statement (page 2), in its entirety, must be used when an institution includes within its website, catalogue or other material a statement which will give the public a better idea of the meaning of regional accreditation.

Example

Bellingham Technical College Institutional Effectiveness Accreditation

Citation

Federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (P.L. 101-542)

Frequency

Continuous

Location

Website

Description

The Department of Education defines what colleges must include in Student Right to Know.

Example

Clark College Consumer Information Student Right to Know

Citation

Limitation on certain advertising, sales, and enrollment practices (38 U.S. Code § 3696)

Frequency

Annually

Location

Submit required materials to WSAC and keep advertising on file for one year.

Description

Each college’s School Certifying Officer (SCO) — usually someone the college’s Veterans program office — submits two certified copies of official college catalogs to the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). WSAC asks colleges to:

  • Include sample advertisements (not all), when they submit their catalog annually to the WSAC/SAA.
  • Keep advertising materials on file for one year.

Citation

RCW 143.17.390: Quality management, accountability, and performance system—Independent assessment

Frequency

Annually by November 15

Location

Website

Description

  • Each college will post its most recent full accreditation report on its website. Information will be updated per accreditation review cycle.
  • Each college will post a brief list of NWCCU accreditation commendations and recommendations related to its most recent accreditation visit on its college website.
  • Colleges will complete an annual status report on accreditation progress and submit the status report to SBCTC by Nov. 15 of each year.
  • SBCTC will post Student Achievement Initiative outcomes for each college by Nov. 15 of each year.

Example

Page Manager: krose@sbctc.edu
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