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Strategic Planning and Accreditation -Tillamook Bay Community College

Accreditation and Strategic Planning


Tillamook Bay Community College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. TBCC has been fully accredited by the NWCCU since September 2013. Regional accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. In the United States this recognition is extended largely through nongovernmental, voluntary membership associations that establish accreditation criteria, evaluate institutions against that criteria, and approving institutions that meet the criteria. Institutions accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities are required to examine their own missions, goals, operations, and achievements. The Commission then provides expert analysis by peer evaluators, and, later, commendations for accomplishments and recommendations for improvement from the accrediting body. Since the accreditation status of an institution is reviewed periodically, institutions are encouraged toward continued self-study and improvement. While accreditation criteria and procedures of regional accrediting agencies differ from region to region, the principles underlying eligibility and levels of expectation are similar in their intent to:

  • Foster excellence through the development of criteria and guidelines for assessing educational quality and institutional effectiveness;
  • Encourage institutional improvement through continuous self-study and evaluation;
  • Ensure the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an institution has clearly defined and appropriate educational objectives, has established conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected, appears in fact to be substantially accomplishing them, and is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so; and
  • Provide counsel and assistance to established and developing institutions.

When granted, accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial. It applies to the entire institution in operation at the time of the most recent comprehensive evaluation. It indicates that the institution as a whole is substantially achieving its mission and that it meets the Commission’s expectations for compliance with the accreditation criteria.

Strategic Planning

TBCC Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) is in the fifth year of our seven year accreditation cycle and have completed two years working with our revised strategic plan in which we have improved our planning processes by developing a set of objectives under each core theme along with concrete measures that help us determine if we are achieving the core themes and objectives.  This year we worked on tying our operational planning processes (Service Area Outcomes and Project Lists) to our Strategic Planning processes (Core Themes, Objectives, Measures) and emphasized ‘closing the loop’ with continuous improvement processes. We continue to build our understanding of the power of intentional planning and our structures for carrying our learnings into subsequent years. We are creating a culture of improvement within the College that strives to fulfill the mission and vision of the College.

Mission Fulfillment

The process used by the College to measure success in achieving objectives and measures is called Mission Fulfillment. The definition for Mission Fulfillment at TBCC is: TBCC achieves an Acceptable or Minimally Acceptable level in 70% or more of the Measures within each Core Theme and across all Core Themes Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) has defined mission fulfillment, both overall and within each Core Theme, based on attaining 70% of all indicators within the achieved or minimally achieved range. The achievement of each indicator is determined by comparing the current statistic with the threshold levels for each measure. These levels are:

  • Green – Achieved
  • Yellow – Minimally Achieved
  • Red – Not Achieved.

Overall, TBCC demonstrated 76% achievement on the 25 measures with data in 2017-18. While we surpassed the 70% threshold on the Economic Success Core Theme, and the Leadership, Partnership, and Community Engagement Core Theme, we underperformed on Educational Excellence.  This overall rate of 76% in 2017-18 is down from 2016-17’s 90%, but we are building a culture of improvement at TBCC. We certainly are working to improve student experience and outcomes, and we are also improving the effectiveness of these measures in indicating our achievement of the core themes. We will be researching approaches to measuring retention, completion and transfer rates which fit better the unique populations we serve here.

Mission, Vision, Values, and Core Themes


Tillamook Bay Community College creates bridges to opportunity by providing quality education that serves the needs of our diverse community.


Tillamook Bay Community College is a local leader in educational excellence and innovation, community advancement, and economic success.


Tillamook Bay Community College values and promotes student success through academic excellence and resourceful teamwork in an environment that is personal and friendly.

  • Student Success – TBCC values being keenly receptive and intentionally responsive to students and fully supports achievement of their goals.
  • Academic Excellence – TBCC values rigorous, relevant education and training for students and the community.
  • Resourceful Teamwork – TBCC values collaboration, effective communication, and the wise use of resources to accomplish our mission.
  • Personal & Friendly Environment – TBCC values and demonstrates genuine concern and respect for each other, communities we serve, and our students while helping each achieve their potential.
Core Themes
  • Educational Excellence:  Students are provided with the opportunity to succeed in an equitable, inclusive, and supportive environment that enhances individual and professional growth, through academic, personal and professional development.
  • Economic Success:  The College contributes to the economic growth and development of students, community residents, and the entire region, while also practicing good stewardship of college resources.
  • Leadership, Partnership and Community Engagement:  The college and its students, staff, and faculty serve as educational and community leaders through professional development, skill building, or partnership with local businesses and school districts, post-secondary institutions, the TBCC Foundation, and governmental and social services.

Facilities Master Planning

Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) has been a vital part of Tillamook County for almost 40 years. We are the only provider of higher education in the County and provide access to Certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees; transfer college credit, continuing education, and non-credit courses that support workforce training. Adult basic skills, English as a Second Language and GED preparation courses are also important components of our programming. We have continued to grow in part by actively listening to the needs of the community and seeking out ways to enhance relationships and collaborate on opportunities with business, industry, educators, and others to support the educational and economic needs of th Tillamook community. The community supported the building of the main campus on Third Street in Tillamook in 2010 and the facility has served the college and the community well for the past 10 years. However, the College has witnessed exceptional growth over the past few years in students, staff, and community collaboration. This growth has put a strain on our ability to serve our community within our current infrastructure.

The situation prompted the initiation of a Facilities Master Planning process to determine the space needs required to meet the educational and community demands not only now, but projected for the next 20 years. The last Facilities Master Plan for TBCC was developed in 2014 as it worked to develop the plans for the Partners in Rural Innovation Building across the street from the main campus. This building opened in 2017, and TBCC shares the space with four organizations including the Oregon State University Extension office. The success of the facility has been phenomenal and it too is now at capacity. Today, TBCC has developed a plan designed to carry the college forward into the future. This plan will address the current urgent capacity issues and situate the college for the future to best meet the needs of our community.

2020 Facilities Master Plan

The purpose of this Facilities Master Planning process was to assess TBCC’s current program offerings, operations, and facilities along with the College’s aspirational goals and needs for the coming years. The goal of this effort was to create a comprehensive vision for TBCC’s future that carefully considered the role the College will play as a resource to its greater community.

The process involved meetings with key stakeholders to better understand how they currently use their spaces, how they perform their roles, how different departments collaborate, how students are served, and how each of these elements could be strengthened.

Future development must carefully account for new programs and the educational spaces they need, additional faculty and staff resources, creation of more flexible student spaces, and connecting to the Tillamook community with a shared resource, a large event space. Given the use and spatial programmatic needs, an additional building area will be required beyond what TBCC currently has.

Planning for expansion necessitates understanding the context of the site, the fabric of the existing building, the institutional culture, and educational offerings, along with realistic assumptions about project budget.

A successful plan for the future will efficiently utilize space within the existing building and on the site to preserve financial resources while adding the greatest value to TBCC. Expanding the campus with a new building should be done in a way that strengthens the concept of the campus as an educational and public amenity.

This Facilities Master Plan includes development strategies, design principles and concepts, as well as a spatial program assessment generated during this process that will serve as a strong basis for TBCC’s future decision making.