Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities. The board aids in the evaluation of each potential new school accreditation or the renewals of previously accredited colleges/schools. Accreditation is a form of independent review designed to establish and maintain the uniform quality of educational programs and institutional effectiveness. It includes an important process of self-assessment that allows an institution to reflect on its programs, policies, and procedures as well as its strengths and weaknesses in accomplishing its educational mission.
Accreditation and Affiliations
Yakima Valley College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, having been reviewed and reaccredited in 2012. Credits earned in many courses numbered 100 or higher are transferable to other colleges and universities nationwide.
In addition to the institution being accredited, several Workforce Education Division programs have earned special accreditation or recognition in their field of specialty. Additional information on this accreditation or recognition may be found in our catalog in the introductory comments for each of the following fields of study: the allied health technologies of medical assisting and surgical technology, automotive service technology, dental hygiene, nursing, radiologic sciences, and veterinary technology.
Accredited Workforce Education Programs
Several Workforce Education programs have earned special accreditation or recognition in their field of specialty as well. Additional information on this accreditation or recognition may be found in the following links.
Yakima Valley College is also affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges.