“BYU Receives Academic Reaccreditation,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 107
Brigham Young University has been reaccredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC).
Various programs in BYU’s eleven colleges and professional schools are accredited by more than twenty specific organizations, but the NASC accreditation covers the entire university and is of major importance in maintaining BYU’s status as a respected institution of higher learning.
BYU was first accredited in 1923 by NASC and has received a major reaccreditation review every ten years.
The accreditation committee was very complimentary to the university and its faculty. Their report commented on the strong support given by the Church. From 70 to 72 percent of the operating costs for educating each student comes from Church appropriations; without this support, individual tuition costs would have to be increased by that amount.
NASC was also favorably impressed with the long-range planning at the university, and remarked on the functional, yet attractive, buildings and grounds. “The 630-acre Provo, Utah, campus of BYU with its 472 buildings … provides a remarkably beautiful and adequate campus to support the institution’s mission and programs,” the report concluded.