Our Accreditation and Structure
The College of Western Idaho (CWI) is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is a regional postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Credits, certificates, and degrees earned at CWI are transferable to four-year institutions, subject to the specific policies of those institutions. Due to our previous accreditation partnership with the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), credits, certificates, and degrees earned from January 2009 through August 2014 appear on both CSI and CWI transcripts. Credits, certificates, and degrees earned from August 2014 to present appear on CWI transcripts.
Effective September 1, 2016, the NWCCU granted initial accreditation to CWI at the associate degree level. CWI is now in a seven-year accreditation cycle, which includes periodic evaluations and site visits from the NWCCU.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
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Several of our programs are also accredited by the appropriate accrediting agencies, and graduates are eligible to take the qualifying examinations of the respective state and national licensing or registration bodies and join professional organizations.
CWI is a comprehensive community college with several locations throughout Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Funding for the College comes from tuition and fees, the state of Idaho, and the community college taxing district, made up of Ada and Canyon Counties.
The College is governed by a volunteer five-member Board of Trustees, who are elected at large from within Ada and Canyon Counties for staggered, four-year terms.
CWI was established in 2007 and began offering courses in January 2009.