Accreditation is the voluntary process by which institutions of higher education assure and continuously improve the quality of their academic programs and supporting systems. UWS holds both regional and programmatic accreditation.
Regional accreditation is managed by eight accrediting organizations, of which the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities oversees the accreditation of institutions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Nevada and Utah. Regional accreditation provides institutions and students with eligibility to access federal financial aid and research funds.
The University of Western States is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.
Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Specialized programmatic accreditation offers an additional level of accreditation for certain academic programs. Specialized accreditation organizations are approved by the US Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education to evaluate and accredit degree and certificate programs using very specific criteria.
Doctor of Chiropractic Program
The doctor of chiropractic degree program at the University of Western States is awarded programmatic accreditation by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4321. Tel: 480-443-8877, Website: www.cce-usa.org