About
HISTORY, VISION, MISSION
& CORE VALUES
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history

The Council on Occupational Education (hereinafter referred to as the Council or COE) came into existence initially in 1971 as the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accrediting association that serves institutions in an 11-state region. Operating as a unit of SACS, COEI provided accreditation services to postsecondary occupational education institutions located, with a few special exceptions, in the SACS region.

In preparation for assuming a national scope, the Council was incorporated as a non-profit education organization under laws of the State of Georgia in June 1994. At the end of June 1995, the Council became a fully operational agency when all assets (staff, physical resources, and financial resources) and the membership of COEI were transferred from SACS to the Council. The Commission composed of 19 members functions as the governing board and the decision-making body for all accreditation actions of the Council.

Throughout its history, the Council and its predecessor agency have been recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education offered by the institutions it has accredited. Its current scope of recognition is as a national institutional accrediting agency for the accreditation of non-degree-granting and applied associate degree-granting postsecondary occupational education institutions.

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history

The Council on Occupational Education (hereinafter referred to as the Council or COE) came into existence initially in 1971 as the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accrediting association that serves institutions in an 11-state region. Operating as a unit of SACS, COEI provided accreditation services to postsecondary occupational education institutions located, with a few special exceptions, in the SACS region.

In preparation for assuming a national scope, the Council was incorporated as a non-profit education organization under laws of the State of Georgia in June 1994. At the end of June 1995, the Council became a fully operational agency when all assets (staff, physical resources, and financial resources) and the membership of COEI were transferred from SACS to the Council. The Commission composed of 19 members functions as the governing board and the decision-making body for all accreditation actions of the Council.

Throughout its history, the Council and its predecessor agency have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education offered by the institutions it has accredited. Its current scope of recognition is as a national institutional accrediting agency for the accreditation of non-degree-granting and applied associate degree-granting postsecondary occupational education institutions.

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VISION

Our vision at the Council on Occupational Education (COE) is to lead and shape the future of career and technical education by fostering excellence, innovation, and integrity.

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We aspire to be the foremost authority in accrediting institutions that provide quality career and technical education programs. Through our commitment to trustworthiness, transparency, accountability, commitment, flexibility, innovation, collaboration, and responsiveness, we envision a world where every learner can access high-quality education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed for success in a dynamic and ever-evolving workforce. Our vision is to continue to set the standard for educational quality and empower institutions, students, and the community to thrive and excel in the 21st-century learning landscape.
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VISION

Our vision at the Council on Occupational Education (COE) is to lead and shape the future of career and technical education by fostering excellence, innovation, and integrity.

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We aspire to be the foremost authority in accrediting institutions that provide quality career and technical education programs. Through our commitment to trustworthiness, transparency, accountability, commitment, flexibility, innovation, collaboration, and responsiveness, we envision a world where every learner can access high-quality education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed for success in a dynamic and ever-evolving workforce. Our vision is to continue to set the standard for educational quality and empower institutions, students, and the community to thrive and excel in the 21st-century learning landscape.
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Mission

The Council's mission, as defined by its members, is to "assure quality and integrity in career and technical education." The goals that represent the significant values and purposes to which the Council is dedicated are the following:

  • Quality Assurance – We provide public assurance that accredited institutions offer high-quality career and technical education that meets the needs of both students and the labor market.
  • Continuous Improvement – We guide institutions in continually enhancing their educational offerings and related activities.
  • Ethical Standards – We promote high ethical and educational standards in career and technical education.
  • Public Awareness – We enhance public understanding of career and technical education providers and the value of the education and credentials they offer.
  • Validation and Achievement – Through our accreditation process, we validate job skills, facilitate certification, ensure credential portability, place graduates in related jobs, support partnerships for global competitiveness, and establish essential linkages among stakeholders in technical education.

These values and purposes form the foundation of our commitment to excellence in career and technical education.

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Mission

The Council's mission, as defined by its members, is to "assure quality and integrity in career and technical education." The goals that represent the significant values and purposes to which the Council is dedicated are the following:

  • Quality Assurance – We provide public assurance that accredited institutions offer high-quality career and technical education that meets the needs of both students and the labor market.
  • Continuous Improvement – We guide institutions in continually enhancing their educational offerings and related activities.
  • Ethical Standards – We promote high ethical and educational standards in career and technical education.
  • Public Awareness – We enhance public understanding of career and technical education providers and the value of the education and credentials they offer.
  • Validation and Achievement – Through our accreditation process, we validate job skills, facilitate certification, ensure credential portability, place graduates in related jobs, support partnerships for global competitiveness, and establish essential linkages among stakeholders in technical education.

These values and purposes form the foundation of our commitment to excellence in career and technical education.

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core values

Our core values that form the foundation of the Council's mission, goals, and objectives are as follows:

  • Trustworthiness – symbolizing honesty, integrity, and reliability.
  • Transparency – signifying openness, communication, and clear visibility in the accreditation process.
  • Accountability – highlighting the responsibility of accredited institutions to students, regulatory agencies, and business and industry.
  • Commitment – reflecting the dedication of institutions, volunteers, Commissioners, and staff, as well as allegiance, loyalty, and obligation.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to internal and external changes while maintaining core values, embracing resilience and openness to modification.
  • Innovation – encouraging perceptive and imaginative experimentation aimed at meeting the needs of constituents in the expanded learning economy, student preparedness, and cultural understanding.
  • Collaboration – stakeholders working together toward a common goal of quality and integrity, making cooperative use of resources and best practices through networking and communities of practice.
  • Responsiveness – demonstrating an understanding of constituents' needs and a willingness to respond easily or readily.

These values and purposes form the foundation of our commitment to excellence in career and technical education.

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core values

Our core values that form the foundation of the Council's mission, goals, and objectives are as follows:

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  • Trustworthiness – symbolizing honesty, integrity, and reliability.
  • Transparency – signifying openness, communication, and clear visibility in the accreditation process.
  • Accountability – highlighting the responsibility of accredited institutions to students, regulatory agencies, and business and industry.
  • Commitment – reflecting the dedication of institutions, volunteers, Commissioners, and staff, as well as allegiance, loyalty, and obligation.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to internal and external changes while maintaining core values, embracing resilience and openness to modification.
  • Innovation – encouraging perceptive and imaginative experimentation aimed at meeting the needs of constituents in the expanded learning economy, student preparedness, and cultural understanding.
  • Collaboration – stakeholders working together toward a common goal of quality and integrity, making cooperative use of resources and best practices through networking and communities of practice.
  • Responsiveness – demonstrating an understanding of constituents' needs and a willingness to respond easily or readily.

These values and purposes form the foundation of our commitment to excellence in career and technical education.