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What is Accreditation?

ISU delivers high-quality education options to students and supports the needs of its community, state and region.  Accreditation plays an important part in that process.  The University meets rigorous self-evaluation and an independent appraisal of standards by its peers as established by its regional accreditor, the Northwest Council for Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Academic Affairs is responsible for facilitating ISU's regional and program accreditation organizations.  Academic Affairs works closely with the administration, staff, and faculty to:

  • serve as the institutional representative to the NWCCU
  • report new, updated and discontinued programs to the NWCCU
  • coordinate the development and submission of ISU's self-evaluations and on-site visits
  • provide the NWCCU with input regarding its policies and practices
  • support academic units' program specialized accreditation requirements  

Follow this link to learn more about ISU's accreditation program.

The alignment of planning throughout the University is essential. Academic Affairs helps academic and non-academic organizations achieve success by supporting:

  • University Strategic planning
  • Operational planning
  • Action planning

Click on the link to see the University Strategic Plan

Mission Fulfillment is the extent to which the Institution achieves the essential elements of its mission and core themes.

  • continually evolves and is never truly achieved because as core theme goals are reached, they are replaced or are reset to a higher level
  • drives decision-making at all levels at ISU and is the basis of academic and non-academic units planning and alignment efforts
  • is an ongoing assessment of its mission and core themes that support continual improvement

Click the link to go to ISU's Mission Fulfillment page.

For more information about Accreditation, Institutional and Academic Affairs Planning, or Mission Fulfillment Contact

Darren T. Blagburn, MPA

Interim Accreditation Liaison Officer and Director of Operations and Plans for Academic Affairs

Office: Idaho State University-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, ID 83642

(208) 373-1846


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Vince Miller

Director, Institutional Research

Office: 921 South 8th Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

(208) 282-1045