Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary education institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states including Kansas. The federal government has a distinct interest in the role of accreditation in assuring quality in higher education for the students who benefit from federal financial aid program. By being recognized by the US Department of Education as a gatekeeper agency, the Commission agrees to fulfill specific federally defined responsibilities within the accreditation processes (as described by HLC, www.hlcommission.org/About-HLC/about-hlc.html).
Colleges and universities in the United States voluntarily seek accreditation to ensure they meet or exceed defined quality standards. There are two types of accreditation: institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation is granted by one of six regional accrediting bodies which use peer reviewers to evaluate the entire institution. It is necessary in order for students at an institution to be eligible for federal financial aid. Specific programs within an institution may be accredited by specialized accrediting bodies that evaluate programs against discipline standards.
The criteria for accreditation are the quality standards established by the Higher Learning Commission. The five criteria are:
At its meeting on June 30, 2014, the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission continued Ottawa University's accreditation status. Ottawa University has been continually accredited since 1914.
Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission
The baccalaureate degree Nursing program at Ottawa University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of selected business programs.
The National Assoication of Teacher Education (NCATE) has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of its Teacher Education program.
The National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of its Addiction Counseling programs.
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