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NWCCU Accreditation


Welcome to the Eastern Washington University Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Accreditation website. Eastern Washington University receives regional accreditation through the NWCCU. In order to maintain accreditation, the university is required to undergo a self-study process and host a site visit by an accreditation team. The last site visit for Eastern Washington University was in the spring of 2006.

The accreditation process is an opportunity for the university community to reflect upon its strengths and weaknesses. Further, the process offers a historical perspective of the university with insights into what the university has accomplished as well as future directions to consider. A steering committee chaired by Colin Ormsby, Vice Provost, leads the accreditation process.

From May 4 - 6, 2015, accreditors from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) conducted a year seven site evaluation visit to EWU.  Prior to this visit, EWU submitted a year seven report to the commission. The report charts our goals for our accreditation, how we have measured relative success in the stated areas, and what we as an institution do with those results.

EWU's year one report to NWCCU set forth the following core themes:

1.      A rigorous and engaged student experience;

2.      An academic community that supports and engages faculty and staff throughout their careers; and

3.      An institution-wide commitment to local, national, and international community engagement and how EWU fulfills its mission.

The year seven report contains chapters one and two, which deal with mission, core themes and expectations, and operational focus and independence respectively; as well as chapters three, planning and implementation; four, effectiveness and improvement; and five, mission fulfillment, adaptation, and sustainability.

For the visit to be successful, we asked for as much faculty, staff, and student involvement as possible. The university community subsequently participated in five town hall meetings held on February 4th and 11th  on the Cheney main campus, the Riverpoint Spokane campus and simulcast to our Bellevue College and Lower Columbia College extended campus locations.

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