Dr. Quenton Bowler, head of the teacher education department at Southern Utah University, has been re-elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Northwest Association is one of seven in the United States that act as accrediting bodies for high schools, colleges and universities. Seven states are in the NASC: Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. A large number of schools are in the group, according to Bowler, and Oregon and Washington each have some 70-plus community colleges, colleges and universities."You meet a lot of people and see a lot of schools," Bowler said of the duties involved in the large organization.
The board usually meets twice a year, and Bowler was re-elected at a recent meeting in Las Vegas. The next meeting will probably be in June, he said. In addition to the seven-member board, Bowler said the NASC also consists of a Commission on Schools and a Commission on Colleges. Each commission has three representatives from each of its member states, and Bowler also serves on the Commission on Schools.
In Utah, all colleges and universities, including Brigham Young University and Westminster College, are part of the association.
A high school, college or university must meet 10 different standards for accreditation, Bowler said, in such areas as curriculum, faculty and even buildings. Middle schools and elementary schools can also be accredited if they request it, he noted. Bowler and others will travel to Pine View Middle School in Washington County this week to make a requested accreditation.