Department of Planning, Information and Effectiveness


Southern Utah University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. See the Accreditation Primer for an explanation of this process.

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 university. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052, (425) 558-4224

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Accreditation Timetable for Southern Utah University

NWCCU accreditation is on a 7-year cycle with three separate self-study reports submitted to NWCCU. The current accreditation cycle began in spring 2015.

Year One Report
Submission Date: May 2015

In year one, SUU provides a self-study report evaluating Standard One (mission and core themes) and Eligibility Requirements 2 (authority) and 3 (mission and core themes).
Outcome: Accepted, no additional information requested.

Mid-Cycle Report
Submission date: 2018

In year three, SUU provides a self-study report evaluating its mission fulfillment and sustainability outcomes.

Year Seven Report
Submission Date: 2022

In year seven, SUU provides a self-study report on all standards and eligibility requirements. Standards include: (a) mission and core themes, (b) resources and capacity, (c) planning and implementation, (d) effectiveness and improvement and (e) mission fulfillment, adaptation and sustainability.

Eligibility requirements include: (a) operational status, (b) authority, (c) mission and core themes, (d) operational focus and independence, (e) nondiscrimination, (f) institutional integrity, (g) governing board, (h) chief executive officer, (i) administration, (j) faculty, (k) educational program, (l) general education and related instruction, (m) library and information resources, (n) physical and technological infrastructure, (o) academic freedom, (p) admissions, (q) public information, (r) financial resources, (s) financial accountability, (t) disclosure, (u) relationship with the accreditation commission, (v) student achievement, (w) institutional effectiveness and (x) scale and sustainability.

Prior NWCCU Reports and Resources

For more information about the NWCCU accreditation process, contact Terri Day, SUU Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at 435-865-8147 or, or visit the NWCCU website.