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WOU’s accreditation with the Northwest Commission of Colleges & Universities (NWCCU) is based on:

  • Mission fulfillmentin light of our core themes of student success and academic excellence
  • WOU’s mission is to provide lasting opportunities for student success through transformational education and personalized support.
  • WOU”s Core Themes — our highest institutional priorities — are Student Success and Academic Excellence.
  • The demonstrated effectiveness of our processes for planning, budgeting, assessment and continuous improvement
  • The adequacy of our resources and capacity

Why Accreditation?

  • Higher education is a public good funded by taxpayers
  • Through accreditation, a peer review process, we earn the public’s trust


March 2017: Year 1 Mission Fulfillment & Core Themes Report

  • This report sets the stage for the upcoming accreditation cycle by defining mission, core themes and mission fulfillment.
  • This report included responses to Recommendations 1, 2 and 3 from the 2016 Evaluation.

June 2017:  NWCCU Commissioners convene

  • Recommendations 1, 2 and 3 are fulfilled.  Review of Mission and Core Themes Report is deferred until Mid-Cycle Review.

September 2017: Ad Hoc Self-Evaluation Report

  • This report responded to Recommendations 4, 6 and 7 from the 2016 Evaluation.

March 2019: 2019 Mid-Cycle Report

  • This report appraises our readiness to effectively use institution-wide planning, budgeting, assessment and continuous improvement to fulfill our mission.
  • This report includes the content of the Mission and Core Themes Report.
  • This report includes a response to Recommendation 5 and updates on Recommendations 4, 6 and 7 from the 2016 Evaluation.

April 4-5, 2019: Mid-Cycle Visit

  • This visit is an opportunity to share our plans and progress with a small team of peers and receive formative feedback.

June 2019:  NWCCU Commissioners convene

  • Mid-Cycle Report (along with Mission and Core Themes content) is accepted, and Recommendations 4, 5 and 6 are fulfilled.
  • Recommendation 7 is continued as a single recommendation, Recommendation 1.  This is the work that will comprise our March 2023 Report.

March 2023: Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability Report

  • In this report, we demonstrate the degree to which we have fulfilled our mission.


Mission Fulfillment Matrix

  • A Summary Table for Core Themes, Objectives, Indicators, Targets, Outcomes — updated annually

Standard 2 Development Process

NWCCU Resources

Advisory Groups

University Counci

University Budget Advisory Committee

University Technology Advisory Committee


Accreditation Liaison Officer:  Sue Monahan, Associate Provost for Program Development (


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