The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaffirmed COCC's accreditation status, following an extensive review that concluded in June 2012. Please see the Reaffirmation Letter (pdf).
While the recent action affirms COCC's status for the next seven years, the College is now in the early stages of the next Accreditation cycle, which runs from 2013 through 2019. Chapter One was submitted to the NWCCU in February of 2013. COCC Year One Report Feb. 2013 (pdf).
As noted on the NWCCU website: "Regional accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes [COCC] for performance, integrity and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation or pre-accreditation by a post-secondary, regional accrediting agency qualifies [COCC] and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research and student financial aid."