Upcoming Accreditation Visit

Columbia Basin College will be hosting our year seven comprehensive accreditation visit April 22-24, 2024. CBC is currently accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and our most recent report, Policies, Regulations and Financial Review, was accepted by NWCCU in July 2023. You are invited to submit comments to NWCCU no later than ten (10) calendar days before the visit. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa McBurney, CBC’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Columbia Basin College's Accreditation

Columbia Basin College is a member institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Columbia Basin College’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The NWCCU’s most recent action on CBC’s status on July 27, 2017 was to reaffirm accreditation. CBC’s next accreditation report will be the 2023 Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review.

NWCCU is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 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 Ave N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA  98052


Accreditation Documents

Please note: Links to some external sources are located on restricted sites and will not be accessible.

Current Reaffirmation of Accreditation from NWCCU
Current Accreditation Cycle Documents
Washington State Quality Award (WSQA) Standards

This annual status report on CBC's accreditation process satisfies the requirements of RCW 43.17.390: Quality management, accountability, and performance system — Independent assessment. These reports are based on annual planning and accomplishments as related to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation recommendations and are also posted on the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ website.



  • Phone:509-542-4382

  • Address:2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301

Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus