Accreditation is the process of having an external quality review to ensure that colleges, universities, and educational programs are of the highest quality. OSU Institute of Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the north central region which includes Oklahoma and 18 other states.
By definition, accreditation is the process of by which an educational institutions is recognized for “maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice.”
In addition to permitting students to receive federal financial assistance, accreditation also allows for transfer of credits and ensures that OSUIT courses have rigor and quality expected of a higher learning institution.
HLC conducts an Assurance Review to determine whether an institution continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation. On the Open Pathway, the Assurance Review is conducted by itself in Year 4 and is a part of the comprehensive evaluation that occurs in Year 10.
The Year 4 review is completed electronically through the Assurance System and does not include a visit. The Year 10 review includes a visit to the campus. OSUIT’s review in 2020 is the Year 10 review.
The following steps make up the Assurance Review:
- The institution demonstrates that it meets the Criteria for Accreditation by preparing an Assurance Filing, comprised of an Assurance Argument and an Evidence File, using HLC’s Assurance System.
- A team of peer reviewers evaluates the institution’s Assurance Filing. The outcome
of this review is a recommendation as to whether the institution meets the Criteria
If the Assurance Review is part of a comprehensive evaluation, this review will also include an on-site visit by the peer review team. The Assurance Review conducted in Year 4 of the Open Pathway does not include an on-site visit unless the team determines one is necessary to explore uncertainties in evidence that cannot be resolved at a distance or if a sanction is being considered.
- A decision-making body reviews the institution’s documentation and the recommendation from the peer review team and takes an official action.
Kevin Hulett, Chair
Ina Agnew, PhD
Melissa Dreyer, PhD
Scott Newman, EdD