The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is the authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in Alaska, 爱达荷州, 蒙大拿, 内华达, 俄勒冈州, 犹他州, 华盛顿, 在不列颠哥伦比亚省, 加拿大. The Commission establishes accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures that are used to review institutions of higher education in the region.
The Commission helps institutions to promote student achievement, 学习, and success; close equity gaps and enhance educational quality and institutional effectiveness; facilitate analytical self-assessment and critical peer review; ensure accountability and transparency; and advance re搜索 and engagement (认证手册，第5页).
该委员会的 认证手册，2020年1月 帮助机构了解期望. 有两个标准.
Standard One: Student Success and Institutional Mission and Effectiveness. 该机构阐明了其对学生成功的承诺, 主要通过学生的学习和成就来衡量, 所有学生, 重点是公平和消除成绩差距, 并建立一个使命宣言, 可接受阈值, 用有意义的指标衡量效率的基准. The institution’s programs are consistent with its mission and culminate in identified student outcomes leading to degrees, 证书, 凭证, 就业, or transfer to other higher education institutions or programs. 项目 are systematically assessed using meaningful indicators to assure currency, 改进教与学策略, 并为所有学生实现既定的学习成果, including underrepresented students and first-generation college students.
标准二:治理、资源和能力. The institution articulates its commitment to a structure of governance that is inclusive in its planning and decision-making. 通过它的规划, 经营活动, 资源的分配, the institution demonstrates a commitment to student 学习 and achievement in an environment respectful of meaningful discourse.