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Accreditation & Student Success


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Other programs such as education, business, nursing and social work have specialized accreditations from national organizations. These include the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing's programs are approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. 

HLC's Open Pathways to Accreditation

For its next accreditation, Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be taking part in the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathways Ten Year Cycle. The link provides a chart that presents this cycle. Note the activities that are due each year as well as the reviewers who will be reviewing them.

Student Success Data

Retention Rates

Retention Rates - Fall to Fall FY18 FY19 FY20 FY21 FY22
First Time Freshmen 54.8% 56.3% 60.9% 61.3% 56.4%
First Time Full-time Freshmen 60.2% 56.4% 69.0% 61.7% 56.7%

Graduation Rates

Graduation Rate/Degrees Granted - Based on full-time fall status FY18
Graduation Rates 30.44% 30.82% 25.81% 30.92%

Number of Degrees

  FY18 FY19 FY20 FY21
Certificates 39 28 36 29
Associates 0 0 0 0
Bachelors 328 358 330 301
Master 48 48 49 52
Doctoral 0 0 7 12

Licensure Pass Rate for Nursing

  FY18 FY19 FY20 FY21
Alva 62.5% 88.89% 81.8% 50%
Enid 76.47% 88.89% 88.8% 88%
Woodward 0% 100% 100% 100%
Ponca City 100% 100% 100% 100%
Cumulative 70.96% 92% 88.46% 88%
AANP Family Nurse Practitioner Certification
      FY20 FY21
First-time pass rate     85.71% 100%

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