Accreditation

The Evergreen State College has been accredited continuously by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since receiving initial accreditation in 1974.  The Commission most recently reaffirmed Evergreen's accreditation in 2014.

2018 Evergreen Year Seven Report

Your input is important!  Share your thoughts with the peer reviewers on Monday, November 5 at the following sessions:

  • Nonsupervisory Staff, 2-3 p.m. in Purce Hall Classroom 3
  • Students, 3-4 p.m. in Purce Hall Classroom 4
  • Faculty, 4-5 p.m. in Purce Hall Classroom 3

What Is Accreditation? Accreditation is about keeping our promises.

The Evergreen State College has been accredited continuously by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since receiving initial accreditation in 1974. Institutions accredited by NWCCU are required to examine their own missions, goals, operations, and achievements in an iterative self-study. 

Every seven years, peer evaluators read our self-study and visit campus to attain additional information. See the back of this flyer to learn how you can engage with evaluators on November 5. 

They write an assessment of how well we are doing in meeting our goals and achieving our mission. We identified our goals to correspond with the following core areas or themes:

  • Integrated Interdisciplinary Learning
  • The Individual Engaged in Community
  • Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice
  • Diversity and Equity

Attend the All-Campus Presentation of reviewers’ commendations and recommendations for Evergreen: November 7, 10–10:30 a.m. in Purce Hall Classroom 7.

The Evergreen State College’s Mission Statement: 

As an innovative public liberal arts college, Evergreen emphasizes collaborative, interdisciplinary learning across significant differences. Our academic community engages students in defining and thinking critically about their learning. Evergreen supports and benefits from local and global commitment to social justice, diversity, environmental stewardship and service in the public interest.

Past Reports

2013 Evergreen Year Three Report

2011 Evergreen Year One Report

2008 Full-Scale Re-accreditation

2003 Interim Accreditation Report and Response

The Evergreen State College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052, (425) 558-4224.

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.