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Pacific Northwest College of Art Announces Focused Institutional Accreditation

Release date: 01/29/10

January 29, 2010

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications, Pacific Northwest College of Art 503-821-8892

Pacific Northwest College of Art Announces Focused Institutional Accreditation Self-Study With Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

PORTLAND, OR– Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is currently conducting a focused institutional self-study for the College’s regional accreditation agency the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The self-study will focus on the MFA in Visual Studies program including student achievement as well as the MFA in Visual Studies’ impact on the College’s programs, students and infrastructure as a whole.

PNCA will be hosting an accreditation evaluation team from NWCCU for an on-site visit from May 3-5, 2010. PNCA currently holds an accredited status from NWCCU that was reaffirmed on the basis of a Regular Interim Evaluation Report in fall 2007. The PNCA community and public are invited to send comments regarding the College directly to the Commission. Comments will be considered in the institution’s evaluation for accreditation and signed comments will be forwarded, as received, to the institution, evaluation committee and the Commission. Comments can be sent directly to NWCCU at the following address: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981, phone (425) 558-4224.
Public comments must be received no later than April 3, 2010. Instructions to obtain a copy of the Commission Policy on Public Notification and Third Party comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations can be found on the Commission’s website ( or by contacting the Commission office at (425) 558-4224.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art

Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its eight Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit

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