Chihuly glass in the Mary Baker Russell building.

Pacific Lutheran University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Regional accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public.  In the United States this recognition is extended largely through nongovernmental, voluntary membership associations that establish accreditation criteria, evaluate institutions against those criteria, and approving institutions that meet the criteria.

The NWCCU accreditation process is represented by a seven-year cycle of written reports and visits by evaluation committees.  The current calendar for PLU is:

March 1, 2011 Year One Written Report
(see historical documents)
Spring 2014 Year Three Written Report
Spring 2017 Year Seven Written Report and Committee Visit

Mission and Themes

The institution articulates its purpose in a mission statement, and identifies core themes that comprise essential elements of that mission.  Four themes were identified in the Year One Report. For the Year Three Report, it is proposed that the four themes be reorganized to three.  They are:

A Challenging Academic Experience
A Culture of Leadership, Service, and Care
A Supportive Educational Environment

Please click here to see a table that includes the themes and objectives of each theme.