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CSN - Accreditation

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since September 1, 1975. NWCCU recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality and expects accredited institutions to comply with the requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This accreditation qualifies CSN and enrolled students to access federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid. CSN is authorized by NWCCU to award Associate and Bachelor degrees.

NWCCU Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter

In Fall 2018, CSN participated in a Mid-Cycle Evaluation and provided follow-up reporting on Recommendations 1, 2, and 3 of the Fall 2015 Year Seven peer Evaluation Report. During 2021-2022, the College of Southern Nevada will prepare a Year-7 comprehensive self-study  Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness for submission to the NWCCU.  The NWCCU will conduct an on-site visit to the College of Southern Nevada on October 5-7, 2022, as part of the Year-Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness Review.

The NWCCU adopted new accreditation standards (effective January 2020) that focus on student learning, student achievement, institutional effectiveness, governance, resources, and capacity.

Specialized Program Accreditation

Several CSN academic disciplines are accredited through their professional and specialized organizations.  List of Programs , accrediting agency, and accreditation status.

CSN's Men's Baseball and Women's Softball programs are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Accreditation and CSN (PDF)

Contact Us

Shari Peterson, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment & Accreditation

Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
(702) 651-4263