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Accreditation

"The goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality."

From U.S. Department of Education, Accreditation in the United States

2021 Accreditation Visit Information

Southern Utah University will host a virtual comprehensive evaluation visit on April 14-16, 2021. Check back here in March for the public meeting schedule.

Public Notice:

Southern Utah University will host an evaluation team from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) for its seven-year, cyclical, comprehensive accreditation review on April 14-16, 2021. Due to COVID-19, the visit and interviews will be conducted virtually, using the Zoom online platform. SUU’s last full-scale, accreditation evaluation was in March 2014. The visit resulted in reaffirmation of accreditation.

SUU and the NWCCU invite third-party comments concerning the institution’s qualifications for accreditation. All comments must be in writing and signed. Anonymous or unsigned comments will not be accepted. All comments should be mailed by March 14, 2021 and sent directly to:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052


About Accreditation

Southern Utah University has been continually accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1933.

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 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.

Why is Accreditation Important?

Accreditation is valuable because it indicates that the institution of higher education engages in comprehensive planning and external evaluation, that its academic programs meet important quality standards, that credits and degrees awarded by the institution are recognized by other colleges and universities, and that students enrolled at the institution are eligible to receive important forms of financial assistance, including grants, scholarships, and loans.

Phone:
425-558-4224

Address:
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Visit the NWCCU Website