Carroll College, Helena Montana

Accreditation

Accreditaton

Carroll College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accreditation body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is located at 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100; Redmond, Washington 98052-3981.

Carroll College Accreditation Report - Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities: Press Release

Accreditation Evaluation

Carroll College will receive an accreditation evaluation visit from a team of evaluators on October 20-22, 2010. As a Pilot Project Institution, Carroll College will be evaluated on the revised Standards Three, Four and Five. The accreditation evaluation team will consist of:

  • Dr. Laura J. Polcyn, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Special Academic Programs, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Dr. Samuel L. Dunn, Professor of Business, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Dr. Michael Herzog, Professor of English, Chief of Staff to the President, Gonzaga University
  • Mr. Kelly O. Smith, Dean of Students, Alaska Pacific University
  • Ms. Nancy Mitzen, Vice President of Financial Affairs, University of Western States
  • Dr. Ron Baker, Executive Vice President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Pilot Project Institution

Carroll College was invited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to participate as a Pilot Project Institution with the revised Standards and Process during the college's two-year self study. The three other institutions involved with the Pilot Project are: University of Alaska Anchorage; Columbia Basin College and Wenatchee Valley College. 

As a Pilot Project Institution, Carroll College agreed to conduct a two-year self-study using revised Standards for accreditation on an accelerated timeline. In the self-study, Carroll College submitted a Year One Report, Year Three Report, Year Five Report and Year Seven Report for review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. To review the reports submitted by Carroll College, click on:

Accreditation Self-Study Team

The following members of the Carroll College faculty, staff and administration provided leadership to our accreditation self-study:

Dr. Kay Satre, Associate Professor of English, Self-Study Team Co-Chair
Dr. Jim Hardwick, Vice President for Student Life, Self-Study Team Co-Chair
Dr. Dawn Gallinger, Director of Instittuional Effectiveness
Dr. Lynette Zuroff, Professor of Education
Dr. Mark Smillie, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Brad Elison, Associate Professor of Psychology
Dave Marshall, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Paula McNutt, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
Lynn Etchart, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Cindy Greiman, Director of New Student Services
Loretta Andrews, Director of Campus Computing and Information Technology

Accreditation Core Themes

Based on the 2002 Strategic Plan, Carroll College selected the following four Core Themes to frame our self-study process:

  • Manifest Academic Excellence
  • Embody Catholic Identity
  • Integrate Community Life
  • Exemplify Stewardship

Carroll College is engaged in strategic plan discussions to discern the Core Themes to be submitted for our next seven-year accreditation cycle. The proposed Core Themes will be discussed with Carroll faculty, staff, students and administration during the 2010-2011 academic year before submission to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation Standards

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities expects Carroll College and other accredited colleges and universities to provide evidence of the following standards:

  • Standard One: Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations
  • Standard Two: Resources and Capacity
  • Standard Three: Institutional Planning
  • Standard Four: Core Theme Planning, Assessment and Improvement
  • Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation and Sustainability.

For more information, click on the Revised Standards link on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities website.

Accreditation Process

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has notified Carroll College of the revised seven-year accreditation process for our institution:

Year One Report - Due September 1, 2011
Year Three Report - Due September 1, 2013
Year Five Report - Due September 1, 2015
Year Seven Report - Due September 1, 2017

For more information, click on the Transition Calendar by Institution to Seven-Year Accreditation Cycle on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities website.