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Accreditation is crucial not only for a university’s reputation; it is also vital to the value of an institution’s degree.

Accreditation is the process by which an educational institution is evaluated and certified by a federally sanctioned accrediting body.
The University of Montana Western works with three accrediting bodies: the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the International Association for Collegiate Business Education.
The University of Montana Western’s accreditation self studies and each accrediting body’s final reports are all available through this site.

Montana Western is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The accrediting body, the largest 
in the country, includes 163 colleges in the seven-state region.

According to NWCCU, regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public.

Accreditation or preaccreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

Ad-Hoc Self Evaluation Report: In response to a NWCCU request, the ad hoc report addresses mission fulfillment and assessment of learning outcomes for developmental education, general education, and academic programs.

NWCCU Response to Ad Hoc Report
Ad Hoc Report

Comprehensive Evaluation Committee Report: In accordance with a 10-year comprehensive accreditation review, this report details NWCCU’s findings, commendations and recommendations to UMW based on a university self-study and NWCCU’s 2010 campus visit.

Evaluation Committee Report

UMW 2010 Comprehensive Self-Study: This report, prepared by the UMW Accreditation Steering Committee, gives a general overview of Montana Western and addresses NWCCU’s nine accreditation standards.

Montana Western Self Study

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

The Department of Education at the University of Montana Western is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation indicates that Montana Western has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers. Accreditation is granted at the initial teacher preparation level. This accreditation status is effective between spring 2016 and spring 2023. The next on-site visit will take place in fall 2022.

Montana Western’s business and technology program is the first in Montana to receive accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

University of Montana Western has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business

According to the IACBE, the accrediting body is committed to a developmental approach to achieving excellence in business education. The IACBE and its members function in a collaborative and cooperative manner and encourage each other toward higher levels of quality in business education.

Since its founding in 1997, the IACBE has grown into a premier professional accreditation body for student-centered colleges and universities, with well over 200 members in the United States and throughout the world.

More Information

Member Document
UMW Public Disclosure of Student Achievement


Please direct all accreditation inquiries to Deborah Hedeen, provost and accreditation officer.

Deborah Hedeen | provost, accreditation officer | 406-683-7115 | deborah.hedeen@umwestern.edu