Thompson Rivers University has been granted accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) two years ahead of schedule.

This makes TRU the first institution in BC to achieve accreditation from the commission in less than three years (the candidacy period is usually five years). Simon Fraser University and Capilano University also have NWCCU accreditation in British Columbia.

“NWCCU accreditation is an external validation process akin to peer review, with the outcome attesting publicly to TRU’s credibility and effectiveness in fulfilling its mission. Accreditation provides our students the assurance of a quality education at TRU and sends a signal we are serious about being the best we can be. Achieving accreditation does not mean our work is finished; rather it sets us on a path of continual quality improvement.” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn.

The NWCCU commended TRU for:

• excellence in sustainability and integration of this theme in the university’s operations

• efforts to grow research impact with a focus on student success

• the development of budget approaches which have provided funding for strategic investments and funds to address deferred maintenance

• the university’s inclusive, student-centered, faculty-driven process to create a General Education Program that has resulted in a highly engaged culture around the undergraduate curriculum