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Higher Learning Commission 2023

Trees and buildings on OU's campus in Norman, Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma

Higher Learning Commission
2023 Reaffirmation of Accreditation

The University of Oklahoma has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913, the first year that the Commission started accrediting institutions of higher learning. HLC is one of seven historically regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In May 2023, OU hosted an HLC Peer Review Team for a Comprehensive Site Visit and review of accreditation status. This review completes the 10-year accreditation cycle called the Open Pathway, which focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement. The HLC 2023 Comprehensive Evaluation ensured OU is meeting HLC's Criteria for Accreditation while pursuing institutional improvement and complying with certain federal regulations set by the U.S. Department of Education.

A team of approximately 50 members of the OU faculty, staff, and administration worked diligently on the materials for the Comprehensive Site Visit. They highlighted the dedication and work of the OU community to achieve the goals set forth in the Lead On, University Strategic Plan and fulfillment of OU's purpose: We Change Lives.

HLC 2023 Team

The HLC 2023 Team represents administration, faculty, and staff preparing the Assurance Argument and Site Visit.



HLC 2023 Team

Open Pathway

OU is on the Open Pathway for Accreditation, one of two pathways offered by HLC.


Open Pathway

Criteria for Accreditation

The Criteria for Accreditation for the 2023 Assurance Argument.

HLC is required by federal regulations and its own policies to initiate a substantive review of its Criteria for Accreditation every five years.


Criteria for Accreditation

Related Topics

Lead On, University Norman Campus Strategic Plan

At the University of Oklahoma, our Purpose is elegant in its simplicity and profound in its depth: WE CHANGE LIVES. The Norman Campus Strategic Plan guides OU in fulfilling this purpose.

Lead On, University Health Sciences Center Strategic Plan

The mission of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, as a comprehensive academic health center, is to educate, advance research, innovate and commercialize discoveries, and deliver exceptional patient care. The OUHSC Strategic Plan directs OUHSC in achieving this mission.

Lead On, University OU-Tulsa Mission & History

OU-Tulsa has a unique history and service role that's thoroughly embedded in the Tulsa community. OU-Tulsa's Mission & History provide a look into the relationship and future goals in serving Tulsa and the northeastern part of Oklahoma.

HLC's Guiding Values

The Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation reflect a set of guiding values to offer a better understanding of the Criteria and the intentions that underlie them.

Guiding Values

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