OU Earns 10-Year ReaccreditationPosted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in HLC, reaccreditation Ottawa University received word on July 8, 2014, that it has been reaccredited for 10 years by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association. The next reaffirmation of accreditation is scheduled for 2023-24.
“I want to share my heartiest congratulations and most sincere thanks to all who made this happen and who make good things happen every day for our students,” said President Kevin C. Eichner. “This has been an enormous effort on the part of so many, and it is certainly gratifying to achieve this outcome. As any who have been studying the regulatory scene, it is anything but a given in this day and age!”
The HLC recently transitioned to a new accreditation model – HLC Pathways – and Ottawa University, along with other institutions of higher education in our region, has moved to this model. Under the new model, institutions must submit annual electronic data and evidence files relating to the five criteria for accreditation, followed by periodic HLC check-ups, either with or without site visits.
Ottawa University will have one electronic check-up in four years, without a visit, which will include review of progress in addressing two concerns identified by both the Commission and OU’s own self-study during the reaccreditation evaluation process. That visit will be followed by continued annual submissions and reviews as deemed necessary.
Another recent HLC action taken on behalf of Ottawa University includes the removal of location restrictions on all of OU’s academic programs, which means the University can now offer all of its degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, on-ground at all current and future locations. The University secured approval for unlimited online offerings in 1998.