What is Accreditation

Accreditation is a process of validation in which universities are evaluated. Because institutions should be evaluating the past and present to plan for the future, accreditation is an activity of great importance for Oakland University. This evaluation and planning for our future ensures viability, quality, and currency of Oakland University’s programs.

Oakland University maintains regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and specialized program accreditation in OU’s College and professional schools.

OU received regional accreditation since 1966. Oakland University relies on constant contact with the institution’s affiliated accreditors, Higher Learning Commission, by honoring the stipulations. Accreditation stipulations are formed under three pathways and participate in maintaining accredited status: Standard, AQIP and Open. Oakland University maintains accreditation under the Open pathway and qualifies for accreditation reaffirmation in 2019.

HLC conducts comprehensive evaluations of OU to confirm that the institution continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation, is pursuing institutional improvement and complies with requirements sets by the U.S. Department of Education. OU comprehensive evaluations occur under the Open Pathway: Year 4 and Year 10 during the accreditation timeline. OU honors stipulations of HLC accreditation requirement and complete criteria stipulations. Criteria for accreditation are organized under five major categories: Mission; Integrity; Teaching and Learning; Quality, Resources and Support; Teaching and Learning Evaluation and Improvement; and Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. Evaluations are conducted by teams of peer reviewers.