Office of the Provost

WSU Accreditation

Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Most recently reaffirmed in 2013, WSU has been continuously accredited by its regional higher education authority since 1918.

WSU is in a seven-year accreditation cycle from 2011-2017.  Revised in 2010, NWCCU's accreditation standards require self-studies addressing one to three standards over a multi-year cycle.  These periodic self-studies accrue into one comprehensive report and site visit at the end of the seven years.

    March 2011     - Standard 1 [Mission]
    March 2013    

- Standard 2 [Resources and Capacity]
- Update to Standard 1
- NWCCU Offsite Review
    March 2017    

- Standard 3 [Planning and Implementation]
- Standard 4 [Effectiveness and Improvement]
- Standard 5 [Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability]
- Updates to Standards 1-4
- NWCCU Site Visit to WSU

In addition, many undergraduate and graduate programs maintain specialized professional accreditation. The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning has compiled a list of WSU accredited programs.

For more information about the university's accreditation process, contact Kimberly Green at

Important Events:

January 2014
Task Force on the Assessment of Online Programs is announced

October 2013
President's Perspective on Accreditation

July 2013
Accreditation Reaffirmed

March - April 2013
Virtual review by NWCCU evaluation committee

March 2013
WSU Year Three Self-Evaluation Report submitted to NWCCU
evaluation committee

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