U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is a regional institutional accreditor that accredits (or preaccredits) over 150 degree granting institutions in seven states, and including those programs offered via distance
education within these institutions.
Most of the institutions accredited by NWCCU use the Secretary’s recognition of the agency to establish eligibility to participate in the Title IV, HEA student financial assistance programs. Therefore, the agency must meet the separate and independent requirements.
NWCCU received initial recognition in 1952 and has received periodic renewal of recognition since that time.The agency's subsequent compliance report was reviewed and accepted at the August 2016 NACIQI meeting, at which time the agency's recognition was
continued for a period of one and a half years.
The agency submitted its next regularly scheduled petition for continued recognition in January 2018, and that petition is the subject of the current staff analysis and has received no third party comments and two complaints during this review period.
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.
The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.