Public Comment Invited on WSU Accreditation

PULLMAN, Wash. — Public comment related to Washington State University’s formal accreditation is being accepted by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
The association is one of six regional organizations in the United States that accredits schools and colleges. Accreditation means that an institution’s “own goals are soundly conceived, that its educational programs have been intelligently devised, that its purposes are being accomplished, and that the institution is so organized, staffed and supported that it should continue to merit confidence.”
A self-study by the university is being finalized for the 10-year accreditation review. The study will be the basis of the association’s analysis.
A team of 16 evaluators will visit the Pullman campus April 14-16. Individual evaluators will visit branch campuses before coming to Pullman.
The self-study draft is available on the web at cover.html >.
Public third-party comments must be written, signed and received by the commission a month before the April meeting of the evaluation committee. Evaluators are to consider third-party comments and the institution’s written responses along with all other information available during the evaluation process.
Comments are to be sent to the headquarters of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges at 11130 N.E. 33rd Place, Suite 120, Bellevue, WA, 98004.