Standards Review

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has launched a comprehensive review of its Standards of Accreditation, Policies, and Eligibility Requirements. This review is part of the NWCCU’s ongoing self-reflection, and in support of the requirements of the United States Department of Education’s recognition of the Agency.

The process of review will conclude in Fall 2019 after opportunities for input from key stakeholders, including institutional leadership, faculty, staff, and students, as well as the public. This exercise provides stakeholders the opportunity to assess the current processes around NWCCU’s accreditation activities (including the cycle of evaluation and the methods of evaluation). A complete timeline for the process of the revision of the Standards of Accreditation, Policies, and Eligibility Requirements is available below.

The review and comment period for this round of revisions will end on March 30, 2019, and an additional period of reflection and subsequent public comment will follow.

NWCCU looks forward to your feedback through this process, which will culminate in a vote of the Commission and membership in Fall 2019, accompanied by subsequent training, and final implementation on January 1, 2020.

First Draft – Standards for Accreditation

First Draft – Eligibility Requirements

Download a PDF of the Regional Survey and Town Hall Feedback

UPDATED 6/20/2019 – Second Draft – Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation (including full revised white paper)

A summary of the results from our recent surveys and town halls is above and includes a Frequently Asked Question section that addresses many of the questions that staff have received during this review process.

July 1st Draft for Public Comment – Standards for Accreditation and Eligibility Requirements


July 1st Redline of Public Comments from the Standards for Accreditation and Eligibility Requirements


Click Here to Comment on the July 1st Draft of the 2020 Standards for Accreditation and Eligibility Requirements

Additionally, stakeholders and the public are invited to submit comments via email to

Download the newly updated and revised white paper (PDF) on the NWCCU Standards Revision process (updated 6/20/2019).

Download a PDF of the expected Timeline for the Standards Review Process.

The review process is overseen by the NWCCU Bylaws, Standards, and Policies Committee, which is chaired by Board of Commissioners’ Secretary, Deneece Huftalin, President, Salt Lake Community College. The Committee and the Board of Commissioners will work to consider all input and comments. Results of the Committee’s work will be shared with NWCCU membership and the public prior to an additional opportunity for public comment in Summer 2019 before voting to adopt the revised Standards of Accreditation, Policies, and Eligibility Requirements.

For questions about this process that are not available through this page, please contact Dr. Mac Powell, Senior Vice President, at