Magazine article International Educator

Simon Fraser University Seeks U.S. Accreditation

Magazine article International Educator

Simon Fraser University Seeks U.S. Accreditation

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SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY (SFU) in British Columbia is the first large research university in Canada to seek U.S. accreditation. The university has applied for accreditation from the U.S. quality assurance board Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is one of six independent regional agencies officially sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate postsecondary school educational quality and institutional effectiveness. The full accreditation process, which is based on a series of SFU self-assessments and NWCCU member peer reviews, will take between five and seven years to complete.

SFU became the first non-U. S. postsecondary institution to become a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in July 2009.

"When we investigated joining the National Collegiate Athletic Association we realized we'd have to decide about accreditation," says vice president-academic and accreditation sponsor, Jon Driver, "because the NCAA requires all its members to be accredited by a U.S. regional accreditation agency. As we did our homework, it became clear that accreditation could also lead to numerous academic and other nonathletic benefits. …

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