POWELL — Comparing it to “winning a gold medal at the Olympics,” Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa said a recent accreditation report gave the college its highest marks since 1984.
The report, made official last week by the independent Higher Learning Commission, “is the culmination of a ton of work,” Hicswa said.
“Working on accreditation, there are so many working pieces and parts that have to go into it. Not only to prepare the paperwork, but the things you have to do to be in compliance are really intricate,” she said. “To have it come together like this is really very special.”
Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated, explains the Higher Learning Commission’s website.
The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board (in this case, the HLC) whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities.
Brief contributed by the Wyoming News Exchange.