The University of Oregon has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1918. NWCCU accreditation is not granted permanently or for a definite number of years. It is an ongoing status that is reaffirmed periodically to ensure that the institution continues to meet accreditation standards.
University of Oregon’s accreditation was reaffirmed in July 2017.
Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation, supported by peer-review, in which an institution or program is assessed against a set of standards. The University of Oregon is regionally accredited by the NWCCU and also enjoys a number of specialized accreditations granted to colleges and programs by other national organizations.
The NWCCU accreditation process is completed over a 7-year cycle with reporting requirements in years 1, 3, and 7. These reports are interconnected and designed to guide the institution in a holistic process of self-reflection. UO initiated the current accreditation cycle in 2018 with a self-evaluation of the institution’s mission and core themes.
Prior to 2011, the NWCCU conducted accreditation evaluations on a 10-year cycle. Documents and reports related to previous NWCCU accreditation cycles are archived and available for review.