Accreditation Process

The Accreditation Process

Overview

The accreditation process includes a comprehensive self-study and evaluation to determine how we meet our mission and serve our community. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) requires a 7-year continuous improvement cycle with annual and other reports and site visit. 

We completed and submitted our year three self-evaluation report in September 2017, and it was accepted by NWCCU in January 2018. We are implementing recommended changes. Our next step is to prepare for the year seven report and site visit. During Fall 2018, a Coordinating Team began that planning process and in Winter 2019, initial Leadership Team members continued the work. Staff, faculty and students were invited to join the effort during Spring 2019. 

What are the outcomes of these self-studies?

The self-study process allows us to take a comprehensive look at how we do things and how we might improve with the ultimate goal of student learning, student achievement, institutional effectiveness and mission fulfillment. After the self-study, we create the self-evaluation report, which provides a snapshot of our performance. Then, we host NWCCU evaluators during a site visit. NWCCU can issue compliments, commendations, concerns and recommendations. 

Changes to the Process

NWCCU will be changing the requirements and the process effective Jan 1, 2020. For more information see: NWCCU changes. To the best of our current understanding, the new process will include a year 1 report focused on student learning and achievement, a year 3 mid-cycle report, a year 6 audit of policies, procedures, finances and regulations as well as a year 7 academic quality report and site visit.