Peninsula College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation to award the associate and baccalaureate degree was last affirmed in 2018.
The post-secondary accreditation process involves a comprehensive self-study and an on-site evaluation by a team appointed by the NWCCU. The evaluation team is comprised of practitioners at peer institutions outside the state of Washington. The evaluation team produces a written report and summary of commendations and recommendations.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it 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. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course of program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.