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Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). As a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), its Education program is approved to culminate in an ACSI teaching certificate. Corban's Education program is also approved for teacher licensure by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of the State of Oregon.
The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) have recognized six regional organizations (instead of one national) to manage the accreditation process. Regional accreditation looks at the entire institution, not just individual programs.
Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation or pre-accreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.
The NWCCU is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the CHEA as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
The Commission oversees regional accreditation for 156 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of twenty-six Commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.