Utah State University was reaccredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges during the committee's recent board meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

A 12-member committee studied USU and its programs, and submitted its report to the association after a three-day visit to the campus during October.President Stanford Cazier expressed his appreciation "to the faculty, staff and students who created the positive learning environment which was recognized in the reaccreditation."

Colleges and universities generally are evaluated once a decade for accreditation purposes. The process includes an intensive self-evaluation by the institution.

The committee then visits the campus, examines the university, interviews extensively and weighs the school's strengths and weaknesses.

The committee was complimentary to USU, said Provost Peter E. Wagner, who represented USU at the board meeting to receive the report.

"The board repeatedly commended our teaching," Wagner said. USU was commended for its strong research program and its policy of decentralizing budgets and administration so ideas can be developed without red tape.