Specialized program accreditation standards and compliance vary greatly from agency to agency. WMU currently maintains relationships with 30 academic program and facilities accreditation agencies, each with its own set of requirements and accreditation cycles. These accreditations are vital elements in maintaining WMU’s regional (HLC) accreditation, as well as important recruitment/retention and strategic planning allies.
Some academic programs are recognized by professional agencies that allow graduates of those programs to sit for examinations leading to professional certification or licensure without additional requirements.
In compliance with WMU and HLC policies, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness works with departments to ensure that all academic programs for which specialized program accreditation is either required or provides benefits to program stakeholders secure and maintain accreditation.