The Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities has approved the substantive change of Prince William Sound Community College to move under the accreditation of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The change brings to an end a process that began in 2014 with NWCCU recognizing and approving the following actions approved by the Board of Regents:
- Prince William Sound Community College will now become one of four community Campuses of the University of Alaska Anchorage;
- Prince William Sound Community College will be formally renamed as Prince William Sound College and will no longer be separately accredited;
- Over a three-year period, the academic courses and academic programs of Prince William Sound College will be revised to align with similar courses and programs of UAA;
- Academic assessment processes will also be aligned as well as policies, fees, publications, and other educational processes;
- Faculty of Prince William Sound College will now have the opportunity to serve as elected members of the UAA Faculty Senate;
- Prince William Sound College will be included through UAA’s budget submission to the University of Alaska System and the Board of Regents; and
- Prince William Sound College will maintain its unique mission to serve the communities within the service area of south central Alaska.