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Accreditation

Northern Arizona University was first accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and School in 1930. The most recent accreditation was granted by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in February, 2008.

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Northern Arizona University received numerous accolades and a strong recommendation for continued accreditation in a report from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. “To say the results were positive is an understatement,” said NAU President John Haeger. “We should certainly take this as confirmation that we are moving in the right direction.”The final report, released in March, was the result of the commission’s October site visit to NAU as part of the university’s accreditation renewal process, a standard practice that occurs every 10 years as a way of ensuring that degree-granting educational institutions are meeting the expectations outlined by the accrediting agency. The NCA has accredited NAU since 1930 (from Inside NAU report). 

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NAU’s professional education programs recently were accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the first programs in Arizona to receive this honor. The prestigious designation provides evidence that NAU graduates are meeting national standards for teacher training. (From Inside NAU 11.14.11.)

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The School Psychology programs in Northern Arizona University’s Department of Educational Psychology have received full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists. The department, which is home to a master’s and Ph.D. programs in school psychology, earned accreditation without any provisions through 2011. “I commend you and your colleagues for developing a high-quality program commensurate with national standards,” said Patti L. Harrison, chair of the NASP Program approval board in her letter to the college.

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These programs were first accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 1998. These programs have maintained continuous accreditation status, which is valid through March, 2014.