Montana State University

MSU’s mid-cycle accreditation report accepted

February 12, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University recently learned that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has accepted the university’s mid-cycle accreditation report with no recommendations for required corrective actions. The mid-cycle evaluation focuses on mission fulfillment and assessment of student learning. Acceptance indicates that MSU is meeting the commission’s expectations in these areas.

“This is great news,” said Ronald Larsen, MSU associate provost and accreditation liaison officer. “It’s an affirmation from the commission that things are going well here at MSU. Having no recommended corrective actions will allow us to focus our efforts on implementation of the MSU strategic plan and assessment of learning in our programs.”

MSU President Waded Cruzado said that the commission’s acceptance of the mid-cycle accreditation report recognizes the university’s efforts to provide a top-notch education.

“Accreditation is one of our foremost indicators of quality,” she said. “Having a successful mid-cycle accreditation report demonstrates that the university is providing an excellent education for our students.”

MSU submitted the report and hosted a team of evaluators from the commission for a mid-cycle site visit last fall. The university’s next accreditation report and site visit will be at the end of the seven-year accreditation cycle, in 2017.

“It took a great deal of work from many, many people to prepare the mid-cycle report and host the evaluators’ visit, and we thank everyone who helped make both the report and site visit a success,” Larsen said.

The NWCCU is the accrediting body for all institutions of higher learning in the Pacific Northwest. It is one of six regional accreditation bodies that grant accreditation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education.

Contact: Ronald Larsen, associate provost and accreditation liaison officer, (406) 994-4371 or ronl@montana.edu