University Accreditation

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What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation, carried out by peer-review,  in which an institution or program is assessed against a set of standards. 


Regional Accreditation

Colleges and universities are authorized to award degrees by a regional authority. The Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education recognize eight regional accreditation agencies with this authority. Western is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 


Benefits of Regional Accreditation

Regional accreditation:

  • Represents the highest form of accreditation a university can achieve and communicates the value of Western's degrees and certificates to stakeholders, employers and the public.
  • Permits Western students to receive federal financial aid. 
  • Facilitates transfer between institutions.