Northwestern receives official notice of national reaccreditation

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Northwestern receives official notice of national reaccreditation

August 21, 2014

A successful campus visit by peer reviewers in April gave officials at Northwestern Oklahoma State University confidence that continuation of its national institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association would be a formality.

Their confidence proved to be well-placed as the HLC officially notified Northwestern this week that its accreditation would be continued for another 10 years.

The accreditation is without conditions, meaning that the University met all of the organization’s criteria and core components, and no follow-up action is needed.

“It is as good a report as you can get,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “We knew the review team was very pleased with what they saw and expressed great confidence in our faculty and staff, and policies and procedures.”

“Preparing for an accreditation visit is a multi-year process that involves many people and a lot of time beyond normal day-to-day duties. I am very proud of the way our faculty and staff came together to examine and improve Northwestern.”

The HLC accredits more than 1,000 degree granting institutions in 19 states. Accreditation by HLC is necessary to participate in federal and state programs, including federal financial aid programs; earn national accreditation in specific academic areas; and maintain national athletic affiliations.

In addition to accreditation by the HLC, Northwestern has specialized national accreditation for its education, nursing, business and social work programs.