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Our Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) was founded in 1895 as an independent higher education accreditor. The mission of HLC is to “Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.” HLC currently accredits over 1300 institutions of post-secondary education.

Northwest is accredited by the HLC and completed its Year 4 Assurance Review in 2022 with no recommended monitoring.

View the results of this 4 Year Assurance Review View PDF, completed on 10/3/2022

In addition, Northwest was reaffirmed in November 2018 using an option known as the Open Pathway. All pathways in HLC accreditation are focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. The Open Pathway has a unique component known as the Quality Initiative (QI). The QI is a major improvement project meeting Northwest's specific needs and aspirations.

View the results of the HLC Reaffirmation, completed November 12, 2018