Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 | 2 a.m.
Less than 10 years after it opened, Nevada State College has received accreditation for its baccalaureate programs.
The school, which opened in 2002, had been operating under the accreditation of UNR, its sister school.
The accreditation comes from a nationally recognized organization and serves as an affirmation of the quality of the education being offered at the school, said Spencer Stewart, associate vice president for college relations.
“The consequences of accreditation is you have an outside agency providing its stamp of approval on what the institution has done and is continuing to do in many areas,” Stewart said.
The accreditation will qualify the school and its students for federal funds supporting teaching, research and student financial aid.
Nevada State, which offers two dozen four-year degree programs to about 3,200 students, is the first college in Nevada to be accredited since Reno’s Truckee Meadows Community College in 1980. UNR received its accreditation in 1938 and UNLV received its in 1964.
Nevada State began the accreditation process, which is overseen by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, in 2006.
The commission commended Nevada State on the quality of its faculty, staff and students, its efficient use of its facilities amid declining budgets, and its connections with local government and businesses.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is one of several regional accrediting bodies in the country, and oversees more than 160 public and private schools in seven states, including Montana, Utah, Oregon and Washington.