Institutional Accreditation

The Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street,
Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Toll Free: (800) 621-7440
Local: (312) 263-0456

Systems Portfolio 2017

Download our Systems Portfolio 2017.

Open Pathway to Accreditation

NWCCD participated in the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Pathway to Accreditation from 2005 to 2018.

In spring 2018, the HLC announced the retirement of the AQIP Pathway.  As a result, NWCCD is now participating in the Open Pathway to Accreditation.  The open pathway is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, which is the foundation for all planning and ongoing efforts to fulfill NWCCD’s mission of student success.

We document our commitment to continuous improvement in our Systems Portfolio and various reports, including our Strategic Plan. Evidence of institutional health and effectiveness can be found in our Institutional Scorecard, and more detailed measures are reported in our Systems Portfolio.

For more information please contact:

President’s Office
Whitney Building, Administration Wing
Sheridan, WY 82801
Voice: 307-675-0810

Additional Program Accreditation


NWCCD’s Nursing Program is approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

The most recent accreditation decision (Spring 2019) made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the NWCCD Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326.
Phone: 404-975-5000

Dental Hygiene

The Sheridan College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The last accreditation visit was in April 2017, and the program was granted Approval (without reporting requirements). The next accreditation site visit is scheduled for spring of 2025.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite 1900
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-440-4653