Institutional Accreditation

NWCCU Reaffirms UAA's Regional Accreditation!

Following a comprehensive self study report and site visit, in January 2019, the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) reaffirmed UAA's institutional accreditation.

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 2025 Accreditation Cycle

UAA is beginning its new cycle and will be following NWCCU's new Eligibility Requirements and Standards.

The new cycle kicked off at the Annual Academic Assessment Seminar on Friday, October 4, 2019.

Stay tuned to this site for more information!


Past Reports and Site Visits

 Reports and site visit materials from previous accreditation cycles are available on the Past Accreditation Reports website.


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 foreseeable 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
NWCCU Website