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The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is one of six regional organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions within the United States . It is incorporated as a legally established, private 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation for the expressed purpose of accrediting higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Membership and organization of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is set forth in its Bylaws.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities replaces the Commission on Colleges and Universities that was originally part of the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, a voluntary, nongovernmental organization for the improvement of educational institutions founded in 1917.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and its predecessors have been listed since 1952 by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for institutions offering programs of at least one academic year in length at the postsecondary level. The Commission's recognition was most recently reaffirmed by the Department in 2010.