Accreditation 2018

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a system of self-regulation and peer review to assess colleges universities on their ability to fulfill the mission and goals they've identified for themselves.

Why is Accreditation Important?

  • Accreditation determines if an institution meets minimum quality standards.
  • In their search for schools, students can be sure they will get the quality of education they want through the accreditation status of their schools of interest.
  • Students can also be sure that they have the ability to receive federal grants or loans through attending an accredited institution.
  • Accreditation status helps other institutions to review the eligibility of transfer credits.
  • Only students from accredited institutions may take certain certification exams.
  • Many employers require that their employees receive an education from an accredited institution in order to ensure the employee's qualifications.
  • Finally, accreditation provides institutions with an opportunity to improve areas of deficit through self-evaluations.

Regional Accreditation

Carroll College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.

Erik Rose, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research and Integration
St. Charles 103
Carroll College
1601 North Benton Avenue
Helena, MT 59625

Carroll College has been accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1949.

An NWCCU team will visit the Carroll campus on October 8-10, 2018, to conduct a comprehensive accreditation evaluation.

All StaffTuesday, October 9th noon-1pmLower Campus Center
All StudentTuesday, October 9th noon-1pmFlex Theater
All FacultyTuesday, October 9th 1-2pmLower Campus Center
ExitWednesday, October 10th 11-11:30amTrinity Lounge

Core Themes and Objectives

Embodying Faith

  1. Campus wide awareness and understanding of Carroll College's history, its Catholic mission, and its relationship with the Diocese of Helena.
  2. A community of faith and reason that engages with the Catholic intellectual tradition and explores its contemporary relevance.
  3. Opportunities for growth in faith and formation in Gospel values through programs that contribute to the full realization of a dual goal of vocation and enlightenment.
  4. A culture of service that integrates the principles of Catholic social teaching and promotes civic engagement.
  5. A culture of authentic interfaith dialogue, civil discourse, and cooperation that recognizes what is true, good, nd beautiful in all traditions.
  6. Spaces and opportunities for worship, reflection, inquiry, and leadership that foster a sacramental vision of community and its responsibility for God's creation

Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

  1. An environment that is conducive to an interdisciplinary approach to academic programs, fully integrated liberal arts, and professional and pre-professional programs.
  2. Demonstrated breadth of learning in the liberal arts.
  3. Demonstrated depth of learning through proficiency in the content and methods of each student's discipline, including educational technology.
  4. Opportunities for undergraduate research.
  5. Professional accreditation status for Business, Engineering, Education, and Nursing programs.
  6. Faculty distinction in teaching and scholarship

Vibrant Campus Community

  1. Enhanced residential and community spaces.
  2. Integrated academic and co-curricular programs.
  3. A curricular experiential component, which includes education abroad, internship, practicum, clinical, student teaching, or service.
  4. Students living in community practice healthy decision making.

Engaged Locally and Globally

  1. Students, faculty, and staff engaged in service activities.
  2. Relationships with business, government, organizations, educational institutions, and communities that further student career opportunities and college relations.
  3. A campus with an international community of students, faculty, and staff.
  4. Enhanced academic and co-curricular programs that reflect global perspectives.

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Process of Accreditation