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Criteria for Accreditation

To reaffirm accreditation, Western Michigan University must provide evidence in the Assurance Argument that each of these five Criteria for Accreditation are met.


Criterion 1: Mission

The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.


Criterion 2: Integrity

Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.


Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning

Quality, Resources, and Support

The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.


Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning

Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.


Criterion 5: Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning

The institution's resources, structures, processes and planning are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.