Morse Center

About BTC

Institutional Effectiveness

    Ask BTC
     

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides centralized information and support across the areas of data collection, management, access, and analysis, as well as strategic planning and accreditation.

 

Core Themes

Core Theme 1: Student Success and Access
Core Theme 2: Continuous Improvement
Core Theme 3: College Visibility with Strong Community, Business, and Industry Relations

    Ask BTC
     

Accreditation

Bellingham Technical College (BTC) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. BTC’s accreditation was reaffirmed in February 2016.

Accreditation by NWCCU indicates that BTC 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.

Accreditation by NWCCU applies to the institution as a whole. It provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates.

Inquiries regarding BTC’s accredited status should be directed to BTC’s administrative staff or by contacting:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Ste. 100
(425) 558-4224
www.nwccu.org

Core Themes

Core Theme 1: Student Success and Access
Core Theme 2: Continuous Improvement
Core Theme 3: College Visibility with Strong Community, Business, and Industry Relations

Documents Related to Our Accreditation:

    Ask BTC
     

Strategic Plan

2015-17 Strategic Priorities
Campus Initiatives
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)


VISION

Bellingham Technical College will be a recognized leader in providing innovative and effective technical education, maximizing student potential and supporting the regional economy through development of a competitive workforce.

MISSION

Bellingham Technical College provides student-centered, high-quality professional technical education for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities.

VALUES

As a learning community, Bellingham Technical College is committed to educational excellence and equity realized through a positive, values-based environment. To fulfill Bellingham Technical College’s mission and vision, the College will adhere to the following values:

Student-Centered
Creating a supportive and inclusive community that results in a high level of student competence, professionalism, and success.

Responsive
Embracing positive, effective change that creates opportunity and meets current and emerging needs.

Collaborative
Creating and leveraging partnerships and resources to achieve shared values and goals for students, the College, and the community.

Principled
Promoting a culture of respect and accountability, reflecting integrity in decision-making, and ensuring responsible stewardship of all resources.

GOALS

Student Success [priority goal]
Facilitate student success through practices, structure, and policies.

Excellence & Innovation
Promote excellence and innovation throughout the College.

Access
Increase options and improve access for all students through educational pathways.

College Visibility & Resource Development
Strengthen the visibility and support of the College locally, regionally, and nationally.

Campus Environment
Create and maintain a welcoming campus that supports diversity, promotes a sense of community, provides an effective work and learning environment, and encourages respect for individuals.

    Ask BTC
     

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

 

  1. Enrollment - Annual FTE
      • Annual/Five Year Goal: Maintain state FTE enrollment at 3% above previous year
  2. Transition Rates
    • a. Adult Basic Education (ABE) to College-Level
      • Annual Goal: Improve transition rate from previous year
      • Five Year "Stretch" Goal: Reach 45% transition by 2017-2018
    • b. Developmental Education to College-Level
      • Annual Goal: Improve transition rate from previous year
      • Five Year "Stretch" Goal: Reach 45% transition by 2017-2018
    • c. Pre-Program to Program
      • Annual/Five Year Goal: To be determined
  3. Retention Rate
      • Annual Goal: Improve retention rate from previous year
      • Five Year “Stretch” Goal: Reach 70% fall-to-fall retention by 2017-2018
  4. Degrees/Certificates Awarded
      • Annual Goal: Increase number of degrees/certificates awarded from previous year
      • Five Year Goal: Reach 870 degrees/certificates awarded by 2017-2018
  5. Graduation Rate
      • Annual Goal: Improve completion rate from previous year
      • Five Year Goal: Reach 53% completion by 2017-2018
  6. Student Satisfaction with Instructional Programs & Support Services
      • Annual*/Five Year Goal: Achieve satisfaction rate that is above national average
  7. Graduate Employment Rate
      • Annual/Five Year Goal: Achieve 80% employment
  8. Employer Satisfaction with Graduate Performance
      • Annual*/Five Year Goal: Reach 80% satisfaction (aggregate of multiple sub-indicators)
  9. Campus Climate
      • Annual*/Five Year Goal: Achieve mean campus climate score that is above national average
  10. Financial Health
      • Annual/Five Year Goal: Maintain financial health as evidenced by the unrestricted fund balance as 20% of operating budget with the ability to use 5% to fund strategic initiatives, capital projects, and grant expiration transitions, etc.
*For years in which the survey is administered
    Ask BTC
     
    ATD Image

Achieving the Dream (ATD)

Achieving the Dream is a national reform network dedicated to community college student success and completion; focused primarily on helping low-income students and students of color complete their education and obtain market-valued credentials.

BTC became an ATD member institution in February 2011, and was designated as a Leader College in September 2015. BTC works directly with ATD coaches to gather and assess student data to better assess their needs and help our students graduate with a degree or certificate.