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NWCCU Accreditation

Western Nevada College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the regional accrediting authority for 162 institutions in the Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.T he Northwest Commission’s web site describes accreditation as: “Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation or preaccreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.”


Comprehensive Self-Study

In March, 2010, WNC completed a comprehensive self-study in preparation for a full-scale decennial evaluation visit May 3-5.

NWCCU most recently reaffirmed WNC’s accreditation in 2011.

2011 Accreditation Reaffirmation Letter.


Current Accreditation Status Information

The standards for accreditation were revised in 2011. Each institution seeking to maintain its accreditation prepares three self-evaluations during the seven-year evaluation cycle: Year One, Mid-Cycle, and Year Seven. WNC has submitted and received action for the first two required self-evaluation reports in the current cycle.

In addition to the two self-evaluation reports, WNC was asked to prepare an ad hoc report that was submitted in Spring 2016. The report and response to the report are provided below.