Accreditation

The University of Montana Western is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Specialized programs in education and business are additionally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), respectively.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities’ (NWCCU) regional accreditation indicates the institution meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality and integrity through a rigorous peer-review process.  Information about NWCCU can be found at www.nwccu.org.  Copies of reports and correspondence related to the current and past review cycle can be accessed below.  If you have questions about Montana Western’s accreditation by NWCCU, please contact Dr. Anneliese Ripley, Accreditation Liaison Officer at 406-683-7309.


Current Cycle 2018 to 2025:


Previous Cycle 2011 to 2018:


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. Accreditationis 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.

Exit Survey Summary 2017
Hiring Data Summary
Observation Student Teachers Summary
Performance of TEP Graduates 
School Administrators Survey Summary 
Summative Evaluation Summary 2017 
Teacher Work Sample Summary 2017


International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

The 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
  • Associate of Applied Science: 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.

For more information, visit the Business and Technology Department web page.