North Orange Continuing Education (formerly School of Continuing Education) is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). NOCE received initial accreditation in 2008 and received full accreditation in 2011. Our teamwork in 2011 acquired a full six-year accreditation cycle, no midcycle review, and no warnings. The WASC visiting team was quoted as saying, "NOCE is a model school!"

Having gone through a significant revision, the final draft of NOCE’s accreditation self-study was approved by the Board of Trustees on January 24, 2017. The final version includes additional SLO assessment data, substantiates statements and conclusions included in all evaluation criteria, contains links to all cited evidence, and incorporates many photos depicting the process of self-study and other related activities.

An unprecedented number of the NOCE team members attended the Board meeting in support of the school. Provost Purtell thanked everyone for volunteering their time and for demonstrating the NOCE spirit. She noted that the presentation turned out to be a celebration of NOCE and its contributions to our community.

In May 2017, NOCE was notified of their updated accreditation status. Provost Purtell communicated the following message to staff.

It is my honor and inexpressible joy to inform you that the ACS WASC Commission made the decision to grant North Orange Continuing Education the full Six-Year Accreditation Status through June 2023.

The accreditation decision was made one month earlier than expected. This, along with the level of the accreditation status, speaks volumes about the caliber of our institution and your dedication to its success.

We wanted to remind you of the 6 attributes that the WASC Visiting Team validated while they were with us in March.
  • Passionate
  • Embraces diversity
  • Innovative
  • Dynamic Synergy
  • Safe to take risks
  • Courageous
In the coming year we will focus on three of the topics discussed with the WASC Visiting Team: Data analysis, Technology, and Distance education. In addition, we will discuss strategies to meet the two goals.
  • Goal 1: Repackage existing learning options in the form of educational pathways and create new educational pathways to increase the likelihood of completion and transition to credit programs and beyond.
  • Goal 2: Align student services from various funding streams to improve student performance as measures by common indicators.
Valentina Purtell

Supporting Accreditation Documents

WASC Self-Study Report
Letter of Accreditation

For more information

Dr. Adam Gottdank, WASC Chair,