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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.

Review OHIO's accreditation documents here.

Complaint Resolution

Ohio University strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. However, if a conflict does arise,  our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner.

If an issue cannot be resolved by Ohio University's internal processes, a complaint involving allegations of fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, may be brought to the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Accreditation and Academic Matters: Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). For more information about OHIO's accreditation or to file a complaint regarding academic matters, please contact Cary Frith, Chief of Staff, at provost@ohio.edu.

Equity and Civil Rights: All discrimination, equity issues, equal opportunity obligations (including affirmative action), and efforts to fulfill ADA/504 requirements should be sent to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance.