Saint Martin’s University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). NWCCU is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed. NWCCU oversees regional accreditation for 162 institutions, and its decision-making body consists of up to 26 commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.

Saint Martin's University Accreditation Press Release

Accreditation Evaluation Visit

On Oct. 15-17, 2012, an evaluation team from the NWCCU will visit Saint Martin’s University to conduct a comprehensive evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation visit is to determine the University’s qualification for reaccreditation by the commission.

Accreditation Self-Study Team

The following members of Saint Martin's University faculty, staff and administration provided leadership to our accreditation self-study process.

  • Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., President
  • Joseph Bessie, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Joyce Westgard, Dean of the College of Education and Professional Psychology
  • Radana Dvorak, Associate Dean of Extended Learning
  • Scot Harrison, Library Director
  • Mary Jo Hartman, Associate Professor of Biology / Faculty President
  • Stephen X. Mead, Professor of English
  • Steve Siera, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies / Associate Dean of Education
  • Sheila Steiner, Professor of Psychology / Director of General Education
  • Kim Van Vleet, Director of Institutional Research
  • Caley Wiseman, Student

Accreditation Core Themes

The four core themes of Saint Martin’s University are faith, reason, service and community. Individually and in tandem with one another, these four themes manifest essential elements of our mission and collectively encompass our mission.

At root the foundation of our beliefs is nothing more, ultimately, than the commitment we have to them. Saint Martin's University is a community committed to the Benedictine dispositions that inspired, founded, and continue to inform our mission: we acknowledge the fundamental necessity of the human confrontation with faith in all its aspects—religious, interpersonal, political, social, in all the commitments required in a life—as a critical element in the pursuit of truth.

Reason is a fundamental tool in service to the pursuit of truth. Fully appreciating and employing the power of reason at Saint Martin’s University means going beyond the mere production of usefully-skilled and employable graduates, and aims at producing thoughtful, educated, independent thinkers capable of, and interested in, making a positive difference in the world they inhabit.

Teaching and learning should provide opportunities for service to the community. Service, and its partner, hospitality, express essential elements of the Benedictine philosophy. Saint Martin’s University is an entity that serves, and this is thematic of how the community engages in its daily work. Saint Martin's University nurtures the impulse to serve and aims to graduate men and women distinguished by their thoughtful commitment to helping meet societal needs.

The spirit of Benedictine philosophy is nothing without community. Community is a pre-eminently defining characteristic of who we are and what we do at Saint Martin's University. Certainly every campus community may be referred to as a community. However, a distinctive mark of the Benedictine philosophy—of the Saint Martin’s experience as expressed in its mission and embodied in its practices and plans—is self-consciousness regard for people’s mutual inter-dependence and the way we embrace respect for all the necessary work and roles that make the human community.

Comprehensive Self-Evaluation Report

The Comprehensive Self-Evaluation Report is available for review by current Saint Martin's community members.

About Accreditation

Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.