UM Accreditation

UM Seven Year Accreditation NWCCU Site Visit Forums:

Share your UM experiences and viewpoints with evaluators from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities during the upcoming UM accreditation site visit April 24-26, 2024.

Faculty Forums are intended for individuals whose primary role at UM is faculty (both full-time and part-time). The faculty forum with NWCCU evaluators will take place from 3-3:50 p.m. Wednesday April 24, 2024, in the University Center, South Ballroom. More information and RSVP are available on the Griz Hub event calendar.

Student Forums are intended for currently enrolled University of Montana students. The student forum with NWCCU evaluators will take place from 3-3:50 a.m. Thursday April 25, 2024, in the University Center, room 326. More information and RSVP are available on the Griz Hub event calendar.

Staff Forums are intended for employees who are not faculty and not in upper leadership positions with supervisory authority over other attending staff. The staff forum with NWCCU evaluators will take place from 11-11:50 a.m. Thursday April 25, 2024, in the University Center, room 326. More information and RSVP are available on the Griz Hub event calendar.

Individuals who belong to more than one group, such as a staff member who is also a student, should only attend the forum that represents their primary role at UM.

If you have questions, please email bonnie.pace@mso.umt.edu or claudine.cellier@umontana.edu

Institutional Accreditation

The University of Montana has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1932.

Accreditation by NWCCU is not granted permanently or for a definite number of years. It is an ongoing status that must be reaffirmed periodically. Every institution is to conduct a self-study and be visited by an evaluation committee at least every seven years. The University Assessment and Accreditation Committee is responsible for preparing the reports that show that UM is meeting NWCCU Accreditation standards.

The accreditation standards are intended to guide institutions in a process of self-reflection that blends analysis and synthesis in a holistic examination of:

  • The institution's Mission;
  • The translation of the Mission into assessable objectives supported by programs and services;
  • The appraisal of the institution's potential to fulfill the Mission;
  • The planning and implementation involved in achieving and assessing the desired outcomes of programs and services; and
  • An evaluation of the results of the institution's efforts to fulfill the Mission and assess its ability to monitor its environment, adapt, and sustain itself as a viable institution.

(the above information is taken from NWCCU.org)

If you have questions about UM's accreditation by NWCCU, please contact Claudine Cellier, Accreditation Liaison Officer, at 243-5718.