Mission of the Graduate Programs

Graduate studies at Western Colorado University provide opportunities for specialized training, study and research in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions. All programs contribute to the university’s mission to promote maturity, personal growth and responsible, active citizenship, by educating and training advanced students to become leaders in their fields. All programs are committed to excellence and prepare students to pursue their professions at the regional, national and international levels. Faculty in graduate programs are scholars and expert practitioners with national reputations who are also committed to exemplary education.

Institutional Mission

Western Colorado University promotes intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and prepares them to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities. Western's distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, high standards of scholarship, and a unique environment in the mountains of western Colorado.

Institutional Accreditation

Indicators of the status of a university are the agencies from which it has sought and gained recognition. Western Colorado University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission 
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Individual academic programs have been accredited, approved, or recognized by discipline-specific professional or governmental agencies, including the following:

  • Educator Preparation: Colorado Department of Education;
  • Colorado Commission on Higher Education; 

 Institutional accreditation may be reviewed in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.