As the COVID-19 situation continues to affect our region, the safety of our member institutions, ALOs, volunteer Evaluators, and NWCCU staff is of utmost importance.
Based on the guidance from the United States Department of Education and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and state and county public health departments we will be alerting our institutions via email and other means.
Please check this webpage from time to time for the latest information.
Please send us an email at if you need additional information.
Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.

OpenSmartEdu: This site provides operational guidelines for university and college leaders as they move forward to reopen campuses.


United States Department of Education Letter RE: UPDATED Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


United States Department of Education Letter RE: Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Resolution Regarding Certain Operations During Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Temporary Policy on Virtual Accreditation Evaluation Visits

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Guidance Regarding Pass/Fall Grading Option


NWCCU Communications:

July 20th – Fall 2020 Evaluation Visits

June 26th – Resolution Regarding Certain Operation During Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19

May 15th – Announcement of Updated USDE Guidance for Distance Education

April 30th – Resolution to Suspend Virtual Evaluation Site Visits

March 25th – Spring 2020 Evaluation Visit Costs

March 13th – Spring 2020 Virtual Evaluation Visits

March 10th – NWCCU Instructions to Institutions with Shifts to Online Instruction or Cancellation of Classes

March 6th – COVID-19 Impacts to Spring Visits


CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes:

CDC Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning Community Resources:

Information from USDOE:

Interim Guidance for Administrators of Higher Ed:

Guidance for Interruption of Study:


Broadband Support:

Press Release Regarding Broadband & Telecom Companies Pledge for Next 60 Days:

Charter Press Release:

Charter Provider Zone:

COVID-19 Guidance from Specialized Programmatic Accreditors


Audiology and Speech Pathology:

Association of Theological Schools:

Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

Clinical Pastoral Education:



Nuclear Medicine Technology:

Nursing Anesthesiology:

Physician Assistant:

Physical Therapy:

Respiratory Care:

Social work: