Student Success and WCore Earn Westminster Renewed Accreditation

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July 29, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster is pleased to announce The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) renewed the college’s accreditation through 2027. The commission praised Westminster for its commitment to student success and its WCore curriculum – the college’s liberal education program. 

NWCCU assessed Westminster’s mission fulfillment and sustainability in a comprehensive evaluation earlier this year. Renewed accreditation considers much evidence including an institution’s self-evaluation report, a peer-evaluation report and an optional institutional response to the peer-evaluation report. Accreditation also requires an in-person visit to campus by commissioners. Westminster’s campus visit scheduled for spring 2020 coincided with a global pandemic. NWCCU wrote the following in their notification letter

“The Commission commends Westminster College for: 

  1. Their resilience and graciousness in completing the accreditation visit during the COVID19 pandemic and shelter-in-place period. Westminster College conducted an excellent virtual visit that facilitated communication and collegiality under wholly unanticipated circumstances.
  2. Their dedication and commitment to student success.
  3. Developing the new WCore curriculum. The design process and the final product both reflect a campus-wide desire to meet student needs while capturing the nature of the innovative learning environment at Westminster.”

The commission determined Westminster is compliant with the standards, policies and eligibility requirements of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation is renewed on a seven-year cycle with Westminster’s mid-cycle review planned for 2023.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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