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Supporting Quality in Higher Education

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits institutions of higher education by applying data- and evidence-informed standards and processes to support continuous improvements and promote equitable student achievement and success.

Our Mission

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits institutions of higher education by applying data- and evidence-informed standards and processes to support continuous improvements and promote equitable student achievement and success.

A Higher Standard

We aim to ensure educational quality, stability, and sustainability through peer evaluation against standards, eligibility requirements, and policies.

Support through Accreditation

Institutions and enrolled students qualify for Title IV federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

A Trusted Authority

Accreditation bolsters institutional reputation, including student transferability and employability.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a formal recognition process that certifies educational institutions that meet certain quality standards and eligibility criteria, allowing them to participate in federal financial aid programs.

Accreditation Process

Discover the processes and requirements to obtain, and maintain, accreditation with NWCCU.

Accreditation Handbook

The NWCCU Accreditation Handbook has recently undergone significant revision for 2023.

Substantive Changes

The NWCCU Substantive Change Policy and Manual has recently undergone significant revision for 2023.
The Beacon Newsletter

Volume 6, Issue 2

December 2023

The key to achieving viability and sustainability is for colleges and universities to demonstrate the value proposition of higher education – student outcomes – to the American public. This will require us to reimagine an..

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