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NWCCU Accreditation

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Accreditation

Linfield University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority on the educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the Northwest region of the United States.

Accreditation is conducted through a cycle of continual improvement. Each institution demonstrates their ability to meet a set of standards through their own mission. The focus of accreditation is on student learning and sustainable educational processes. Each institution conducts a self-study and produces progressively more comprehensive reports during the seven-year cycle: reports are at the Mid-Cycle (Year Three) and Year Seven, and include a site visit by an evaluation committee appointed by the NWCCU, comprised of academic peers from institutions outside of the state. The NWCCU commission reviews self-study reports, reviews reports by the evaluation committee, and determines all actions related to institutional accreditation.

The NWCCU reviews the accreditation standards on a regular cycle and new standards were approved in 2019 to go into effect in 2020.

For further information about the accreditation process, please visit the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Susan Agre-Kippenhan Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs / NWCCU Liaison