College of Western Idaho is finally on its own.
Eight years after the opening of the Nampa-based community college, CWI has earned its initial accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Accreditation means a school has met a set of widely recognized education standards for quality instruction.
When CWI started classes in 2009, it was under the umbrella of College of Southern Idaho’s accreditation. Without it, students would not have been able to get student loans. In the intervening years, the school has grown under CSI’s wing and worked toward getting its own accreditation.
“I am overjoyed at the news,” said Bert Glandon, CWI president. “This decision is the result of tireless work from so many people. It lays the foundation for tremendous opportunities for the college moving forward.”
Independent accreditation means CWI can change curriculum or add new degree programs tailored to the community, school officials said. Accreditation also means the school can continue to receive federal funds.