Institutional Accreditation (WSCUC)

What is WSCUC?

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is recognized as an institutional accrediting agency by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). WSCUC accredits public and private higher education institutions in the United States and around the world, with most institutions historically being in the California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands region. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

What Does It Mean to be an Accredited Institution?

The status of accreditation indicates that an institution has fulfilled the requirements for accreditation such as a core commitment to: student learning and success; quality and improvement; and institutional integrity, sustainability, and accountability. For specific standards, see the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation Revised.

How Long Has NPS Been an Accredited Institution?

NPS was first granted institutional accreditation in 1955 and has had continued reaffirmations since, with the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation having occurred on 19 February 2021.  NPS publicly shares its accreditation history and status on the WSCUC website.

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