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Furthermore, several of our colleges and programs have received additional certification. The following is a detailed listing of our current accreditations.
Notice of Upcoming NWCCU Regional Accreditation Visit (April 3-5, 2017)
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) will perform a comprehensive accreditation evaluation visit of the Concordia University campus in Portland, Oregon April 3-5, 2017. The NWCCU evaluation team, will meet with campus students, faculty, and staff to evaluate the university’s status in conjunction with the university’s Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report.
Concordia University was initially accredited in 1962 and has continuously maintained its accreditation through NWCCU since that time. Accreditation through NWCCU means that Concordia University meets the Commission’s established standards of educational quality and effectiveness.
The last comprehensive campus visit by NWCCU took place in Spring 2013 in conjunction with the university’s Year Three Self-Evaluation Report. NWCCU subsequently confirmed the university’s accreditation status in July 2013.
To obtain a copy of Commission Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations, please visit the Commission’s Operational Policies link located on the Standards and Policies page of their website or call the Commission office at 425-558-4224. Third Party comments regarding accreditation should be sent directly to Commission headquarters (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities 8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100 Redmond, WA 98052-3981; 425-558-4224) and must be received no later than March 3, 2017.
School of Management
The Accreditation Council for Business School & Programs (ACBSP) awarded Concordia University-Portland initial accreditation in 2013 for its business programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within Concordia’s School of Management have met a rigorous set of criteria. In order for a university to become accredited, it must meet standards set by peer review accreditation boards. Programs are assessed using criteria such as overall university mission, program objectives and goals, student requirements for admissions, quality of education, and reputation of faculty.
College of Education
Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho received provisional approval from the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2015. The ABA is the national accrediting agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Graduates are able to take the bar exam in any state and are recognized the same as graduates of all ABA approved law schools. Concordia University School of Law is currently midway through the multi-year process for full approval.
Concordia’s baccalaureate degree in nursing program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This extra level of accreditation makes Concordia University one of the most elite nursing schools in the region. This designation allows Concordia nursing graduates to apply for careers in federal government – including military and Veteran’s Administration positions – and offers a smoother path to graduate nursing programs. The nursing program is also fully approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Concordia University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Because our program meets the rigorous standards set by this organization, Concordia social work graduates can reduce the time it takes to complete a master’s in social work by one year.