Seattle Pacific receives accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Seattle Pacific University received an affirmation of accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. This marks the 90th year the University was accredited by NWCCU.

The commission commended the University for its faculty, staff, and administrators for remaining committed to helping students succeed during challenging circumstances.

The commission commended the various work groups who provided creative and varied recommendations to SPU leadership.

And the accreditation report made special note of the successful development and implementation of the Ascent Scholars program which addresses equity gaps and improved first-year retention among participating students in the Ascent program.

“So much work went into preparing for this accreditation,” President Porterfield wrote in an email to faculty and staff. “I am deeply grateful for all those who contributed to our successful re-accreditation. Special thanks to Dr. Sheila Steiner, assistant provost for Institutional Effectiveness, for her leadership and focus over the past years in preparing our campus for this important visit.”

NWCCU is an independent, nonprofit membership organization that has been in existence since the 1950s. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accreditor, measuring the performance and quality of institutions in support of student achievement and success. This comprehensive review happens every seven years.

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