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Institutions of higher education benefit from association with agencies and organizations that provide standards for defining the mission of the university as well as measuring its success. Holding to these peer developed goals helps improve the learning and teaching environment toword exemplary scholarship.

Regional Accreditation (NWCCU)

 The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region.   It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed. Accreditation qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid. Please review the Year Seven Evaluation Report to the Northwest Commission on College and Universities for detailed information regarding the five standards evaluated as part of the 2013 accreditation visit.

Professional Program Accreditation

 Specialized and Professional Accrediting organizations in the United States operate to ensure that students in educational programs receive an education consistent with standards for entry to practice or advanced practice in each of their respective fields or disciplines.  At UWT, some units hold accreditaion with a school at UWS, while others seek independent approval. The following reports reflect professional accreditation activities at UWT.

Academic Program Review

Reviews of all academic units including the graduate and undergraduate degree programs offered by these units are required at least every ten years and are conducted jointly by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in cooperation with the relevant School or College Dean.  The most recent self-studies and review reports are included herein.

UW Tacoma Accreditation and Evaluation Schedule

The following chart illustrates the upcoming scheduled events for Academic Affairs academic units.