North Idaho College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (the NWCCU) since 1950. The NWCCU is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The college’s most recent comprehensive review by the commission was its Year Seven evaluation in spring 2013. In August 2013, the NWCCU reaffirmed North Idaho College’s accreditation.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NWCCU 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 NWCCU 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.
An inquiry regarding North Idaho College’s accredited status by the NWCCU should be directed to the administrative staff of the college. Individuals may also contact:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
The 2016 Mid-Cycle Report and the NWCCU's approval letter may be viewed below. The Mid-Cycle Review is a progress report and does not result in recommendations or commendations.
The 2014 Year One Self-Study Report, Ad-Hoc Report, and the NWCCU's approval letter may be viewed below. There were no recommendations or commendations as a result of these reports.
- Year One Self-Study Report, March 2014 [PDF]
- Year One Self-Study Ad-Hoc Report [PDF]
- Year One NWCCU Approval Letter [PDF]
The 2013 Year Seven Self-Study Report, the Evaluation Team’s Recommendations and Commendations, and the NWCCU's Reaffirmation Letter may be viewed below: