Accreditation at Ohio University
Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education). While over 30 of the University's academic programs are accredited by their own specialized accreditors, Ohio University as a whole is accredited by HLC; all of the University's programs and units are covered by this institution-wide accreditation.
While some might see accreditation as a bureaucratic process, as a peer-led process, accreditation is how institutions hold themselves and others accountable for our institutional effectiveness. Accredited by HLC since 1913, OHIO participates in the Open Pathway which is one of two options institutions have for maintaining their accreditation. The Open Pathway follows a 10 year cycle and requires that institutions undertake a Quality Initiative to pursue an institutional improvement project consistent with a culture of quality improvement.
OHIO transitioned from the AQIP Pathway (now phased out) to the Open Pathway in 2019 and our next HLC Comprehensive Evaluation for our reaffirmation of accreditation is scheduled for 2024.