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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.  

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.  Part of the process 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 next Year Seven Accreditation Visit is scheduled for April 28-30, 2021. It will be a virtual visit. 

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 students 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


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. 

This program is not intended for transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Students who plan to transfer should meet with the Program Chair prior to program enrollment. If you have questions on any of these financial statements, please contract Patty McCray-Roberts at 253-566-5050, or email pmccray-roberts@tacomacc.edu. 

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