Accreditation Statement

College of Eastern Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558‐4224

Accreditation Status

As of their most recent evaluation, College of Eastern Idaho is compliant with the Standards, Policies and Eligibility Requirements of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Our status and reporting requirements may be seen below or found in the NWCCU’s institutional directory.

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College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). CEI received its most recent affirmation of accreditation on July 21, 2023. Please view the Reaffirmation of Accreditation letter here. CEI’s current accreditation status is also published on the NWCCU’s website.

CEI has been a continually accredited institution since 1982. Accreditation is an ongoing assessment process. In 2023, the NWCCU performed an extensive study of CEI’s institutional quality. As part of the evaluation process, CEI prepared and submitted the 2022 Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review and the 2023 Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness. The college underwent a full review, including an external evaluation visit from its peers. The NWCCU found that CEI is substantially compliant with all standards, policies, and eligibility requirements.

Said differently, accreditation is an evidence-based process where CEI proves that it is fulfilling our mission to provide open access to affordable, quality education that meets the needs of students, regional employers, and community. CEI’s continued accreditation shows that the college is a stellar, fiscally responsible educational institution.

The accreditation process also shows that CEI is committed to being a welcoming, data-informed institution whose graduates are respected and sought by our regional employers. Our students choose us to become highly trained employees, leaders, and entrepreneurs. CEI faculty and staff work every day to meet their ambitions. CEI has built assessment protocols, financial policies, and other safeguards to ensure that this is a sustainable institution now and that CEI credentials will be invaluable long into the future.

Accreditation Team

College of Eastern Idaho
1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404
(208) 524-3000