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Accreditation of Boise State University

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency’s evaluation and that meet an agency’s criteria are then “accredited” by that agency.

For more information on accreditation in the United States, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s accreditation website.

Regional Accreditation

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

The most recent affirmation of accreditation, based on a full review, occurred in fall of 2009.  View the reaffirmation Accreditation letter. Boise State will be undergoing its next full review, Mission and Sustainability Year 7 review in Spring 2019.  The NWCCU accreditation evaluation team will be on campus on March 27-29th, 2019.

Our Standard One visit occurred in Fall 2011. View the 2012 reaffirmation of accreditation letter.  Our Mid-cycle Evaluation visit occurred in Fall 2014. NWCCU accepted Boise State University’s mid-cycle self-study. Our next review visit, which will be a full review in a prelude to a reaffirmation of accreditation, is presently scheduled for March 27-29th, 2019. Boise State submitted a detailed self-study report in February 2019 as part of the requirements of the Year 7 accreditation visit.

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
(425) 558-4224

State Authorization

Boise State University is a public institution of higher education established in accordance with Idaho Code Section 33-4001.  The general supervision, government and control of the university is vested in the Idaho State Board of Education which acts as the board of trustees of the university (See Idaho Code Section 33-4002).