From a Cascadia College press release.
In a unanimous vote, the Board of Trustees of Cascadia Community College has voted to change the institution’s name to Cascadia College. The new name has the broad support of the college’s students, alumni, staff, the leadership of University of Washington Bothell, and regional industry.
“We have not altered our mission. Cascadia will still provide the same accessible, affordable, high quality programs on which our community has come to depend,” explained Louis Mendoza, Chair of the Board of Cascadia College. “The name change is purely a reflection of how community colleges have evolved over the past few decades.”
There are 34 institutions in the State Board of Technical and Community College system, several of which now offer bachelor’s degrees in addition to two-year degrees, professional technical degrees and certificates, adult basic education, corporate and continuing education, and programs for high school and international students. Cascadia will be launching its first bachelor’s degree fall quarter of 2015.
Students who began their college education at Cascadia College went on to earn four-year degrees at more than twice the state and national average according to the National Student Clearinghouse.
In fact, Cascadia has received rave reviews from current, and former students. Surveyed students have ranked Cascadia highly in education value, affordability, knowledge of professors, low-stress courses, quality online coursing, class scheduling flexibility, student interaction and tuition affordability.
Students aren’t the only ones with high praise for the college. An article by the Washington Monthly ranked Cascadia 22nd among all American community colleges in 2013. The rankings were based on active/collaborated learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, support for learning, student retention rate, graduation/transfer rate, and credentials awarded per 100 students.
Cascadia was established to serve residents of northeast King County and southeast Snohomish County. It first opened its doors to students at the millenium in 2000 and currently enrolls approximately 4,000 students a year.