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College of Idaho Prepares for Accreditation Visit

August 18, 2020
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The College of Idaho seeks comments from the public in preparation for a periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 5-7, 2020, by a team representing the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional authority on educational quality and effectiveness for higher education institutions in the Northwestern United States. The College of Idaho has been accredited at the baccalaureate level since 1922. The College had its last full accreditation visit in 2012.

For the past year, The College of Idaho has been involved in a process of self-study that addresses the Commission’s requirements and criteria for evaluation. As part of the regular NWCCU accreditation process, the evaluation team will visit the College on October 5-7 to gather evidence that the self-study report is comprehensive and accurate. Following its review, the team will make a recommendation to the Commission regarding continuing status for The College of Idaho. The Commission itself will take the action regarding accreditation status.

The College of Idaho invites comments regarding the College’s qualification for re-accreditation. Please send signed comments directly to the NWCCU:

8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052

Comments must be received by September 7, 2020. Only signed comments will be considered.

Comments will be forwarded, as received, to the College of Idaho, evaluation committee, and the commission. A copy of Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations (Commission Policy A-5) is available via “Standards and Policies” and then “Operational Policies” on the Commission’s website, The commission office may be reached by telephone at (425) 558-4224 or by fax at (205) 525-9848.

Regional accreditation of colleges and universities is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process to assure educational quality and promote continuous improvement.

The College of Idaho has a 129-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit