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.

Beginning today until December 1, 2018, NWCCU is soliciting input from its stakeholders and the public via the Standards Review Survey tool created to collect information and is available for viewing and submission here:

Standards Review Survey

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

Download a white paper (PDF) on the NWCCU Standards Revision process.

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 Fellow, at