Overview of NWCCU Accreditation
Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
The Seven-Year Accreditation Cycle
Beginning in 2011, MSU Billings is embarking on a new seven-year accreditation cycle. A Self-Study Report is constructed during the seven years, with drafts of the Report submitted every two years starting in the first year.
In the first year of the cycle, the institution submits a Year One Report to describe the mission, core themes and expectations (Standard 1).
- The report includes the mission statement, the interpretation of mission fulfillment, core themes, objectives to be achieved via the core themes, and indicators of achievement of the objectives.
- A panel of evaluators reviews the report and submits their findings to the NWCCU Board.
In the third year of the cycle, the institution submits a Year Three Report to describe its resources and capacity (Standard 2) and to provide an update on the Year One Report.
- The report includes descriptions of what the institution has to carry out its mission.
- A team of evaluators conducts an onsite visit of the institution prior to submitting their findings to the NWCCU Board.
In the fifth year of the cycle, the institution submits a Year Five Report to provide an account of planning and implementation (Standard 3), effectiveness and improvement (Standard 4) and updates on Standards 1 and 2.
- The report includes descriptions of processes for strategic planning and core theme planning.
- As with the Year One Report, the panel of evaluators reviews the report without an onsite visit.
In the seventh year of the cycle, the institution submits a Year Seven Report to explain mission fulfillment, adaptation and sustainability (Standard 5) and to provide updates on Standards 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- The report includes an analysis of quality, effectiveness, accomplishment of core theme objectives, and resource allocation.
- As with the Year Three Report, a team of evaluators conducts an onsite visit prior to submitting their evaluation to the NWCCU Board.