NPS is accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a regional collaboration of higher education four-year and graduate institutions. Approximately every ten years, institutions undergo a review or reaffirmation of accreditation. Reaffirmation of accreditation is a multi-year, self-study process that formally engages the campus in institution-wide reflection on educational capacity and effectiveness. It is a rigorous examination of how institutional resources, structures, and processes are aligned with educational outcomes. Overseeing the process is the NPS WASC Steering Committee which is assisted by individuals and subcommittees across campus. The current reaffirmation cycle consists of three major phases and began in 2006 with the Institutional Proposal and will be completed in late 2010.
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