Public comment sought for Saint Martin’s University accreditation review

July 6, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON — On Oct. 15-17, 2012, an evaluation team from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (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 NWCCU.

In preparation for the evaluation visit, Saint Martin’s invites the public to comment with regard to the University’s qualification for accreditation. Please send signed comments directly to:
8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

Comments are accepted only when they are signed with an original signature and submitted in writing to the president of the Commission. All comments must be received by the NWCCU by Sept. 14, 2012. Signed comments are forwarded, as received, to the University, the Evaluation Committee and the Commission.

A copy of Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations (Commission Policy A-5) may be obtained either via the Standards and Policies and then Operational Policies links on the Commission’s website (, or by contacting the Commission office at 425.558.4224.

Saint Martin’s University has been accredited by the NWCCU since 1933, and is currently accredited at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. The University’s accreditation was most recently reaffirmed by NWCCU in early 2012 on the basis of the Fall 2011 Year One Report.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Joseph Bessie, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost

Sarah Holdener
Director of Community Relations and Event Management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University