The mission of Central Washington University is to prepare students for enlightened, responsible, and productive lives; to produce research, scholarship, and creative expression in the public interest; and to serve as a resource to the region and the state through effective stewardship of university resources.


There are two types of accreditation:

  • regional — for institutions
  • specialized — for specific programs

Regional Accreditation

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is the regional accreditor for CWU. CWU’s Year-Seven evaluation site visit is scheduled for 22-24 October 2018.

Specialized Accreditation

CWU holds several specialized accreditations:

  • Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)
  • American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • American Chemical Society (Committee on Professional Training)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)


Accreditation began as a voluntary process of peer review to establish standards for quality educational offerings, institutional integrity, and to transfer credits from one institution to another. Occurring during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when travel was more limited and institutions were less differentiated in their offerings, it made sense that colleges and universities would form these voluntary associations based on region.


While regional accreditation is still technically voluntary and based on peer review, without accreditation institutions are not eligible to apply for and receive federal funding including:

  • Research grants
  • Programs that serve CWU students:
    • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
    • GEAR-UP
    • Upward Bound
    • Student Support Services
    • McNair Scholars Program
  • Title IV funding:
    • Federal student loans
    • Pell grants
    • Work study funds
    • All other federal student financial aid