ITEM 118-104-R0103 January 16-17, 2003
For purposes of 15-30-163 and 20-25-107 MCA the Board of Regents recognizes the following accrediting agencies:
a. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
b. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
c. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
d. Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
e. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
f. Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Schools formally accepted as candidates for accreditation by any of the above agencies shall be treated as accredited for as long as they remain in that status.
For purposes of this policy “degree or such similar literary honors as are usually granted by universities and colleges” as used in 20-25-107 MCA means, associate degrees, baccalaureate and bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and any degree which the grantor purports to be similar or equivalent regardless of how it is denominated.
Neither the Board of Regents nor the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education will independently evaluate a school for purposes of meeting the requirements of 15-3-163 MCA or 20-25-107 MCA. Accreditation by one of the above noted agencies is the exclusive method of recognition by the Board of Regents for purposes of those statutes.
2. For purposes of 37-29-303 MCA the Board of Regents recognizes the following accrediting agencies.
a. The accrediting agencies designated in section 1(a)-(f) above.
b. Any accrediting agency approved and accepted by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation
3. This policy supplements, rather than displaces, Board Policy 320.3 (“Recognition; Canadian Public Institutions”). For campuses and programs of the Montana University System and the Montana community colleges the provisions of Board Policy 320.2 (“Accreditation; Montana University System units and community colleges”) are applicable.