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Green River prepares for college accreditation renewal visit

Green River College campus - IVC building
Green River College campus - IVC building.

As part of the college's accreditation renewal process, Green River College will be visited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities April 22 through 24 to conduct an on-site evaluation.

"Accreditation is a nationally recognized, formal process of institutional self-study and peer evaluation," said Green River President Dr. Eileen Ely.  "This process, which allows input from all college members, focuses on continuous institutional improvement.  Green River is committed to maintaining high quality learning opportunities and support services for all students, and accreditation is a means of gauging our success."

The 2013 accreditation, if approved, would certify Green River through 2020. The college's most recent evaluation was in 2011 when it submitted a year one report to the commission. Green River, which is currently accredited, was first granted accreditation by the NWCCU in 1967.

The NWCCU is an independent non-profit organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The commission assesses colleges and universities to ensure the quality of education and institutional improvement. It evaluates colleges and universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Accreditation qualifies an institution and enrolled students for access to federal funds in support of teaching, research and student financial aid.

Members of the public are welcomed to submit comments about Green River's accreditation to the NWCCU. Comments, which must be submitted to the commission by March 22, may be sent to:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052