UVU Accredited at Associate, Bachelor’s and Now Master’s Degree Levels
February 15, 2011
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Matt Reichman, (801) 863-6808
Utah Valley University has received accreditation at the master’s degree level as well as reaffirmed accreditation for its baccalaureate and associate levels.
The University on Wednesday received that word via letter from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) declaring the institution’s new accreditation status, which now also applies to UVU’s master’s programs.
“This is a well-deserved recognition for our university,” President Matthew S. Holland said. “I’m so proud that this distinguished accrediting body recognizes the fine quality institution Utah Valley University is.”
NWCCU is the accrediting body for UVU’s region, which includes 162 institutions. Its policy calls for periodic reaffirmation of all accreditations, most recently through UVU’s fall 2010 comprehensive evaluation. This included an extensive self-study evaluation and report, followed by a three-day site visit from a NWCCU evaluation team in November 2010.
In the accreditation notification, the Commission commended UVU on its successful transition to university status. It applauded UVU’s faculty, staff, administration and trustees for their active involvement in the institutional mission as well as their willingness to accommodate rapid growth despite having fewer resources.
NWCCU also commended UVU for keeping a student-centered focus throughout its transition and for its maintenance of an attractive campus, including its development of the new library and information commons, among other achievements.
“The accreditation team was extremely impressed with the ways the University has not only responded to such rapid enrollment growth, but done so in a way that remains student-centered,” President Holland said. “It is the dedication of our faculty and staff to their jobs, this university and, most importantly, our students, that makes this distinction possible.”
Holland will elaborate further on some of these points in his 2011 State of the University Address on Feb. 16 at noon at UVU’s Ragan Theater.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
The Commission oversees regional accreditation for 162 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of up to twenty-six Commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.