Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation or preaccreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.
The University of Oregon is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
The Commission oversees regional accreditation for 162 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of up to twenty-six Commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.
The University of Oregon was first accredited by the NWCCU in 1918.
Specialized accreditation for certain professional schools and individual educational programs is granted by a number of national organizations, each representing a professional area such as business, law, engineering or nursing.
Individual programs in the university’s professional schools and colleges are accredited by the following organizations, including:
- Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- American Alliance of Museums
- American Bar Association
- American Chemical Society
- American Psychological Association
- American Society of Landscape Architects
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Foundation for Interior Design Education Research
- National Architectural Accrediting Board
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association
- Planning Accreditation Board
- Teacher Standards and Practices Commission