Accreditation at SFU

What is accreditation?

Accreditation allows an assessment by our peers (educators and researchers) who have the same aspirations to high standards as we have at Simon Fraser University. Currently, SFU has certain programs or faculties that have attained specific academic accreditation relating to their field. 

University-wide accreditation

SFU has been granted formal accreditation, effective September 1, 2015 by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an independent, non-profit agency.

The NWCCU is one of six independent regional agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the quality and institutional effectiveness of post-secondary institutions. Simon Fraser is accredited by a U.S. agency because Canada doesn’t have a comparable institutional accreditation body.

What is the value for SFU?

SFU is the first Canadian post-secondary research intensive university to be accredited.

What are the benefits?

  • Increase accountability - through regular external assessments of our adherence to best-practice standards.
  • Set clear benchmarks - Establish clearer benchmarks/standards for assessing educational goals and students’ learning experiences.
  • Enhance the value of an SFU degree, locally and internationally.
  • Build relationships - Strategically build our relationships with U.S. institutions, including government, foundations and collegiate sports associations. 
  • Foster public confidence - in our ability to adhere to our stated vision and goals.

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