Northwest Accreditation: Self Study
The university’s accreditation is periodically review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) which is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed. The last complete institutional review was in 2004. In response, the department performed a self-study in 2002, the results of which are available. The next review will be 2014.
2012 Northwest Accreditation Self-Study
Regent’s Review Self Study
The department undergoes a review approximately every five years, as dictated by the Utah regents. The review process is a three semester one. In the first semester the department prepares a Self Study. During the second semester, four outside reviewers (selected with the approval of the Dean) read the self study and visit the department and interview various constituencies (faculty, staff, students, graduates, and community partners) in a site visit. The outside review team are asked to prepare a Reviewer’s Report in which areas of strengths and those in need of improvement are identified. In the final semester, the Department and the Dean prepares a Response to the Reviewers’ Report.
The last Regent’s Review occurred in 2005 and the department is now undergoing the same review process in 2011. The following are the documents from the last two reviews