NWCCU Accreditation Process

The Commission recently changed the ten year accreditation cycle with nine standards to a seven year accreditation cycle with five standards. The new standards are as follows:

  1. Mission and Core Themes
  2. Resources and Capacity
  3. Planning and Implementation
  4. Effectiveness and Improvement
  5. Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, Sustainability

The standards frame a comprehensive analysis of the University's ability to provide a quality education within the context of its mission and values as represented in its core themes. The Standards are explained in depth on the NWCCU Standards for Accreditation webpage.

Accreditation reports are submitted in year one, year three, and year seven. In the University's current accreditation cycle, reports have been or will be submitted according to the following schedule:

  • The Year-one report addresses the NWCCU Standard One, Mission and Core Themes. Gonzaga submitted a Year-One report in the Spring of 2015. Click here to view the report.
  • The Year-Three report, called a Mid-Cycle Review, examines an institution's assessment planning process, provides examples of student learning, and addresses readiness in moving toward the Year-Seven self-study. Gonzaga submitted a Mid-Cycle Review in the Spring of 2017. Click here to view the report.
  • The Year-Seven self-study is a comprehensive evaluation of all of the NWCCU’s five standards and covers multiple aspects of the University's operations across academic and non-academic areas. Gonzaga’s most recent Year-Seven evaluation was in the Spring of 2014. Click here to view the report. Gonzaga’s next Year-Seven comprehensive evaluation will take place in the Spring of 2021.