Northwestern Self Study process for accreditation underway

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Northwestern Self Study process for accreditation underway

May 1, 2013

The self-study process at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is going well as we prepare for our upcoming accreditation visit in April of 2014. All of the criterion committees have done an amazing job of gathering data and starting the writing process. Over the summer more data will be gathered and the writing process will continue in order to make the self-study one cohesive document that tells the story of Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Other than continuing the writing process, the Campaign and Promotion Committee will be working over the summer to prepare for students to return in the fall. Multiple activities are being planned in order to educate the students on the accreditation process and why it is important to our institution. Signage is also being generated to showcase the self-study process and help prepare everyone for the site visit.

It is an exciting time for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. If you have feedback that you would like to provide to assist in the self-study process please inform our Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dr. Jesse Schroeder. His email is and phone is 580-327-8465.

Here is the HLC Accreditation Process At-A-Glance

WHO is NWOSU’s regional accreditation agency?

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

WHAT purpose does HLC serve in the accreditation process?

  • To accredit higher learning institutions in a 19-state region.
  • To prompt the University to engage in a self-study process, resulting in a comprehensive written report that demonstrates fulfillment of specific criteria for continued accreditation.
  • To evaluate the University’s self-study document and all areas of operation including: Our Mission, Integrity, Teaching & Learning, as well as, Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.
  • To identify strengths and challenges of the institution and make recommendations for improvement.
  • To verify the University’s compliance with accreditation guidelines by visiting its physical locations, exploring its online offering, and talking with different groups, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other constituents.

WHERE can more information about this process be found?

WHEN does the accreditation process occur?

  • The University evaluates and improves its policies, procedures, and operations on a continuous basis.
  • HLC will conduct its comprehensive site visit at NWOSU on April 7-9, 2014.

WHY is regional accreditation important to NWOSU?

  • To provide assurance of institutional quality as well as an opportunity and incentive for self-improvement.
  • To hold the University accountable to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • To validate NWOSU’s comparability to other colleges and universities in the region.
  • To enable students to transfer NWOSU credits to other accredited colleges and universities.
  • To allow students to obtain federal financial aid while attending NWOSU.

HOW does NWOSU engage in the accreditation process?

  • By establishing committees, composed of representatives from across the University.
  • By gathering information and evidence, drafting chapters of the self-study document, and performing other tasks to prepare for the site visit.
  • By identifying strengths and challenges and assigning challenges to the appropriate members of the University to address.
  • By documenting NWOSU’s strategies for and progress toward continuous quality improvement.
  • By distributing the self-study document throughout the University for review and input and revising based on feedback prior to submitting to HLC.
  • By addressing challenges and implementing suggestions for improvement noted by HLC.
  • By continuing to look forward and prepare for thh future through ongoing self-evaluation and improvement.

NWOSU At-A-Glance

  • Our Mission – Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides quality educational and cultural opportunities to learners with diverse needs by cultivating ethical leadership and service, critical thinking and fiscal responsibility.
  • Vision Statement- Northwestern aspires to be a vibrant innovative regional University of choice whose students, faculty, staff, and alumni succeed and lead in their academic, professional, cultural, and service endeavors.
  • Core Values- Academic Excellence, Accessibility, Community, Diversity, Responsibility.