Institutional Reports

Accreditation Reports

Self-evaluation is an integrated, ongoing process, meaning that institutions are dealing with all aspects of the Standards at all times. Self-evaluation helps institutions clearly see their strengths with regard to the Standards, but to also see in what ways they can improve. Each report builds on and informs the other reports undertaken by the institution.

Every accredited institution has a regular schedule of self-evaluation reports over a seven-year period. Additional reports may be requested based upon items or issues identified by the Board of Commissioners for more specific study. Electronic documents for all reports are sent to reports@nwccu.org.

Self-evaluation reports can take several different forms.

Regularly Scheduled Reports

Year One Self-Evaluation Report

In year one of the seven-year accreditation cycle, the institution conducts a thorough self-evaluation with respect to Standard One and Eligibility Requirements 2 and 3 and prepares a report for submission to the Commission. This report does not include a visit by evaluators, unless specifically requested by the Board of Commissioners.

Mid-Cycle Self-Evaluation Report

Conducted in the third year of the seven-year cycle, the Mid-Cycle Evaluation is intended to ascertain an institution’s readiness to provide evidence (outcomes) of mission fulfillment and sustainability in the Year Seven. The Mid-Cycle Evaluation includes a visit by a team of evaluators to assist institutions in determining if the process of outcomes assessment will lead them to a successful Year Seven self-evaluation and peer evaluation. It is intended to be a formative and collegial evaluation with the institution in conversation with the evaluators.

Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report

In year seven of the seven-year accreditation cycle, the institution conducts a comprehensive self-evaluation on all Standards and Eligibility Requirements. In doing so it also updates its response to Standard One to ensure its response to that Standard is current and relevant. Following the self-evaluation, it prepares a Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report for submission to the Commission office. These Year Seven Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability Reports include the institution’s assessments of core theme achievement, mission fulfillment and student success and achievement. Year Seven Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators. The institution reports are evaluated by the visiting teams and together with its evaluation and analysis of the institution’s resources, including financial resources, stability and sustainability, serve as the basis on which the Commission grants reaffirmation of accreditation.

The Basic Institutional Data Form is a supplementary form that accompanies the Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report, and provides information and context about the institution to the evaluation team and the Board of Commissioners.

Additional Reports

Financial Resources Review (FRR)

An ad hoc report from the institution which may be requested by the Commission to address concerns related to institutional finances and/or enrollment.

Ad Hoc Evaluation or Special Report

This is a written Self-Evaluation Report to address one or more specified concerns communicated by the Commission. It may or may not require an on-site peer evaluation.

Reports for Special Circumstances

Initial Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report

An Applicant institution’s comprehensive self-evaluation report that addresses all NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation. The Initial Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report is submitted to the Commission for consideration of Candidacy. Initial Candidacy Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators.

Interim Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report

A Candidate institution’s comprehensive self-evaluation report that addresses all NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation in a concise manner that reports updates since the last evaluation. The Interim Candidacy Self-Evaluation Report is submitted to the Commission for consideration of continuation of Candidacy. Interim Candidacy Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators.

Initial Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report

A Candidate institution’s comprehensive self-evaluation report that addresses all NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation. The Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report is submitted to the Commission for consideration of Accreditation. Initial Accreditation Evaluations include an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators.

The Annual Report

The Annual Report helps the Commission monitor institutional trends and changes and provides a good deal of the data that the Commission makes available to the U.S. Department of Education. All member and candidate institutions complete an Annual Report each year in the spring. This report is in addition to the regularly scheduled reports that are part of the institution’s seven-year cycle. The report asks for updated demographic information, IPEDS financial information, graduation rates, information related to Title IV requirements such as student loan default rates, upcoming and implemented substantive changes, and programs offered at different locations and by different delivery modalities.

Institutional report links and passwords are emailed to institutional liaisons in early spring, with the report itself due during the first week of June. The questions are posted here for review, but all information is submitted through the online form.