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Accreditation at Portland State

Accreditation

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 Accreditation


Portland State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 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.

Because accreditation by the NWCCU refers to the institution as a whole, statements like “fully accredited” or “this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” or “this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” are incorrect and should not be used.

Accreditation of PSU

Accreditation of Portland State University was reaffirmed in fall 2015, after a comprehensive self-evaluation report.

Accreditation Documents

Year Seven Reports

Year Three Reports

Year One Report

Additional NWCCU Documents

Specialized Program Accreditation

Many schools and departments at Portland State University are also accredited by special agencies. Refer to a listing of program accreditation at the University.

Please refer to information on Academic Affairs' participation in program accreditation. 

Contact

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the NWCCU should be directed to Brian Sandlin,
Accreditation and State Authorization Coordinator, 503-725-5252, bsandlin@pdx.edu.

Individuals may also contact NWCCU:

Northwest Commission on College and Universities 
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA. 98052
(425) 558-4224
www.nwccu.org

Process for Filing a Complaint about PSU to the NWCCU