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Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Ad Hoc Site Visit (October 19, 2012) summary.
Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
NWCCU accreditation is based on the university’s compliance with the five accreditation standards published by NWCCU in 2010.
- Standard One: Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations
- Standard Two: Resources and Capacity
- Standard Three: Planning and Implementation
- Standard Four: Effectiveness and Improvement
- Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability
OSU was last accredited in 2011 using the previous 10-year accreditation cycle. The comprehensive accreditation visit required that the institution to develop a University self-evaluation report (referred to as the Self Study) and organize supporting data for the site-visit evaluation team. The spirit of accreditation is the principle of continuous assessment and improvement. Thus, this process provides opportunities for self-examination and self-evaluation, to showcase our many strengths, and to reflect on our challenges and how we address them in the future.
OSU is now particpating in the new NWCCU 7-year accreditation cycle, which involves reporting every other year on different standards, rather than a single large report submitted once in seven years.