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Institutional Effectiveness

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.


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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


Theme 1: Teaching & Learning
Theme 2: Student Career Preparation & Achievement
Theme 3: Innovation & Responsiveness
Theme 4: Campus Community & Culture

Documents Related to Our Accreditation:

2018-23 Strategic Plan

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)


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.


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


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:

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

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

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

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


Teaching & Learning

  • Support student learning through quality instruction
  • Build clear and effective pathways for students
  • Identify and address barriers to student learning
  • Establish systems and support for employee success and professional development

Student Career Preparation & Achievement

  • Support students in identifying and achieving their educational and career goals
  • Maintain and develop partnerships designed to help students succeed
  • Strengthen student workplace readiness and job placement services

Innovation & Responsiveness

  • Prioritize continuous improvement through evaluation of current practices and alignment of resources
  • Keep pace with industry and workforce needs and emerging trends

Campus Community & Culture

  • Cultivate an environment that contributes to employee engagement and satisfaction
  • Strengthen college commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Unify the campus community through collaboration and open communication
  • Maintain a welcoming, safe, and accessible environment


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BTC is currently developing the college’s 2018-23 Key Performance Indicators.


2013-18 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
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2016-17 Student Achievement Outcomes


  • 65% Retention Rate (fall to fall)
  • 977 Degrees/Certificates Awarded
  • 59% Graduation Rate
  • 79% Graduate Employment Rate (9 months after graduation)


Washington State Board for Community & Technical College’s Student Achievement Initiative (SAI) Points Summary Dashboard