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Institutional Reports

Accreditation Reports

Self-evaluation is an integrated, ongoing process, meaning that institutions are dealing with all aspects of the Standards at all times. Self-evaluation helps institutions clearly see their strengths with regard to the Standards, but to also see in what ways they can improve. Each report builds on and informs the other reports undertaken by the institution.

Every accredited institution has a regular schedule of self-evaluation reports over a seven-year period. Additional reports may be requested based upon items or issues identified by the Board of Commissioners for more specific study.

Self-evaluation reports can take several different forms.

Regularly Scheduled Reports

Mid-Cycle Self-Evaluation Report

Conducted in the third year of the seven-year cycle, the Mid-Cycle Evaluation is intended to ascertain an institution’s readiness to provide evidence (outcomes) of mission fulfillment and sustainability in the Year Seven. The Mid-Cycle Evaluation includes a visit by a team of evaluators to assist institutions in determining if the process of outcomes assessment will lead them to a successful Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness self-evaluation and peer evaluation. It is intended to be a formative and collegial evaluation with the institution in conversation with the evaluators.

Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Finances Review

The Year Six, Standard Two, Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review (PRFR) pertains to elements in Standard Two – Governance, Resources, and Capacity and is undertaken during the sixth year of the seven-year accreditation cycle.

Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report

In year seven of the seven-year accreditation cycle, the institution conducts a comprehensive self-evaluation on all Standards and Eligibility Requirements. In doing so it also updates its response to Standard One to ensure its response to that Standard is current and relevant. Following the self-evaluation, it prepares a Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report for submission to the Commission office. These Year Seven Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability Reports include the institution’s assessments of core theme achievement, mission fulfillment and student success and achievement. Year Seven Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators. The institution reports are evaluated by the visiting teams and together with its evaluation and analysis of the institution’s resources, including financial resources, stability and sustainability, serve as the basis on which the Commission grants reaffirmation of accreditation.

Additional Reports

Financial Resources Review (FRR)

An ad hoc report from the institution which may be requested by the Commission to address concerns related to institutional finances and/or enrollment.

Ad Hoc Evaluation or Special Report

This is a written Self-Evaluation Report to address one or more specified concerns communicated by the Commission. It may or may not require an on-site peer evaluation.

Reports for Special Circumstances

Initial Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report

An Applicant institution’s comprehensive self-evaluation report that addresses all NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation. The Initial Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report is submitted to the Commission for consideration of Candidacy. Initial Candidacy Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators.

Interim Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report

A Candidate institution’s comprehensive self-evaluation report that addresses all NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation in a concise manner that reports updates since the last evaluation. The Interim Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report is submitted to the Commission for consideration of continuation of Candidacy. Interim Candidacy Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators.

Initial Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report

A Candidate institution’s comprehensive self-evaluation report that addresses all NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation. The Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report is submitted to the Commission for consideration of Accreditation. Initial Accreditation Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators.

Annual Reports

Each year member and candidate institutions are required to prepare and submit an annual report to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The purpose of the annual report is to update basic institutional data which enables the Commission to monitor institutional trends and changes.

2023 Annual Report Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Annual Reports

They can be submitted any time before the deadline of August 1, 2023.

ALOs can edit Program Names using the Institutional Portal (Programs tab). These changes will be reviewed by the NWCCU Liaison for the institution.

Yes. The Annual Report is not closed for changes until after the final August deadline. (We may need to unlock the Financial Dashboard or reopen the online form. Contact Ron Larsen (rlarsen@nwccu.org) or Joe Calise (jcalise@nwccu.org) if you need to get back into the Financial Dashboard or the online form.)

Yes – at least the online form portion of the report. Once you have reached the last section, there is a review form link that allows you to print out the portion of the report with your submitted responses. It does not, however, print out any documents that you uploaded.

The report must be sent in electronically. NWCCU does not accept hard copies of the Annual Report.

Yes. Just make sure to “Save” the data you’ve entered by going on to the next section, or returning to a previous section (hitting the “Back” or “Next” buttons), or pressing the “Save” button.