Institutional and Specialized Accreditation
UAA Institutional Accreditation Status
UAA has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, since 1974. UAA's accreditation status applies to all campuses of UAA, including Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, Matanuska-Susitna College, and Prince William Sound College.
Institutional accreditation is regularly reviewed and renewed (or "reaffirmed") by the NWCCU. This occurs through regular reports and site visits. UAA's institutional accreditation was last reaffirmed in early 2012, as a result of an accreditation report in September 2011. This report began a new accreditation cycle that will run from 2011-2017.
UAA is at the end of its seven-year cycle and, in fall 2018, will be visited by a review team from NWCCU. To learn more about the Institutional Self-Study process and preparations, please visit the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Self-Study Report and Process page.
- NWCCU Letter Reaffirming Accreditation (February 24, 2012)
- NWCCU Letter Verifying Current Accreditation Status and Degree Levels (8/15/17)
NWCCU Required Disclosure
The University of Alaska Anchorage is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
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 forseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities 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.
Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052