Oregon State University has been continuously accredited since 1924 and is currently accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). OSU submitted the Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report to the NWCCU in February 2019; OSU’s site visit was April 15 – 17, 2019. Refer to President Ray's message for a summary and next steps.

Accreditation Open Forums

After more than two years of campus engagement, OSU Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report was sent to the NWCCU and a review team visits Oregon State University April 15 – 17. The site visit includes three open forums; classified staff, faculty (academic and professional), and students are encouraged to attend their respective open forum. Per the NWCCU, supervisory personnel should not attend these open forums.

All members of the OSU community are invited to attend the Closing Exit Meeting with the evaluators on Wednesday, April 17th at 10 a.m. in the MU Horizon Room. At this meeting, the Chair of the Evaluation Committee will deliver a summary of findings from OSU’s Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report and on-site evaluation. Join via webex at https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/j.php?MTID=m3f68ecadd9c8b384ba85ed187d2f6236. Join by phone at 415-655-0002 Access code: 925 951 212.

Open Forums on Monday, April 15
Classified staff, 2:10 – 3:00 pm (MU 104, Journey Room)
https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/j.php?MTID=ma648fec258660a57a329945b68c4aa99
Join by phone dial: 415-655-0002 Access code: 921 532 282

Faculty (academic and professional), 3:10 – 4:00 pm (MU 104, Journey Room)
https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/j.php?MTID=m0ab5eaa407bd4f79c89405207627c4bf
Join by phone dial 415-655-0002 Access code: 926 060 850

Open Forums on Tuesday, April 16
Students (undergraduate and graduate), 3:10 – 4:00 pm (MU 104, Journey Room)
https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/j.php?MTID=m80c8153cf64c89c65b7b3355ae5d13dc
Join by phone dial 415-655-0002 Access code: 922 553 145

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation, carried out by peer-review, in which an institution or program is assessed against a set of standards.

Regional Accreditation

Colleges and universities are authorized to award degrees by a regional authority. The Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education recognize seven regional accreditation agencies with this authority. OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Benefits of Regional Accreditation

Regional accreditation represents the highest form of accreditation a university can achieve and communicates the value of OSU's degrees and certificates to stakeholders, employers and the public. Maintaining regional accreditation permits OSU students to receive federal financial aid and facilitates transfer of credits between institutions.