Notice of accreditation visit and invitation to comment

June 23, 2011

With no comparable national quality-assurance organization in Canada, Simon Fraser University (SFU) has applied for formal accreditation in the United States from the Washington-based Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Upon completion, SFU will become the first major Canadian research university to be so accredited.

Among the benefits of accreditation:

  • Regular external assessment of SFU’s adherence to best-practice standards will increase our accountability to stakeholders.
  • Accreditation will help establish clearer benchmarks/ standards for assessing learning outcomes and thus benefit students’ learning experiences.
  • Accreditation will enhance the value of an SFU degree for alumni abroad and for international students returning home.
  • Accreditation will simplify our relationships with US institutions, including government, foundations and collegiate sports associations.
  • Accreditation will foster public confidence in SFU’s ability to fulfill its stated mission and goals.

The independent, non-profit NWCCU accepted SFU’s application for candidacy in January 2009. The full accreditation process, which is based on a series of SFU self-assessments and NWCCU member peer reviews, will take another three to five years to complete.

As part of the process, a team of senior administrators and academic peers from accredited institutions will visit SFU on October 12, 13 and 14, 2011 to conduct a comprehensive initial site evaluation for candidacy.

Members of the public are invited to send signed comments on SFU’s application for candidacy directly to the NWCCU at:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Suite 100 – 8060 165th Avenue N.E.,
Redmond, WA 98052. U.S.A.
Telephone: (425) 558-4224

The deadline for comments is September 11, 2011. The NWCCU will forward all signed comments to SFU and the site evaluation committee.

For more information, visit or telephone (425) 558-4224. To review the NWCCU’s Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations, visit:

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