Regional accreditation 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 by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education qualifies institutions and enrolled students to receive federal financial aid and other federal funds to support teaching and research.
The University of Oregon is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized as the regional authority in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The Commission oversees 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.
Accreditation by the NWCCU applies to the institution as a whole and is not granted permanently or for a definite number of years. It is an ongoing status that must be reaffirmed periodically through self-study and onsite visitations by peer evaluation committees. The University of Oregon has been continuously accredited by the NWCCU since 1918 and was most recent reaffirmed in July 2017.
Specialized accreditation for individual schools, colleges, and educational programs is granted by a number of national organizations. Below is a list of all programs at University of Oregon that are accredited.
|Program||Degree Level(s)||Recognized Agency||Date of Last Accreditation|
Date of Next Accreditation
|College of Business||B.S., B.A., Ph.D. in Accounting||The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Businesses||2016||2020-21|
|College of Business||B.S., B.A., Ph.D. in Business Administration||The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business||2016||2020-21|
|College of Business||M.B.A., Oregon Executive M.B.A.||The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business||2016||2020-21|
|Master of Public Administration||M.P.A.||National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration||2006|
|Planning, Public Policy and Management||B.A., B.S., M.C.R.P.||Planning Accreditation Board||2009|
|Planning, Public Policy and Management||M.A.||Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)||2009|
|Arts and Administration Program||M.A., M.S.||National Association of Schools of Art and Design||2010|
|Department of Architecture||B.Arch., M.Arch., Ph.D.||National Architectural Accrediting Board||2013||2021|
|Department of Landscape Architecture||B.L.A., M.LA., Ph.D.||Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board||2017||2023|
|Department of Interior Architecture||B.I.Arch., M.I.Arch.||Council for Interior Design Accreditation||2016||2022|
|Department of Interior Architecture||B.I.Arch., L.I.Arch||National Association of Schools of Art and Design||2019-20|
|Department of the History of Art & Architecture||B.A., M.A., Ph.D.||National Association of Schools of Art and Design||2010||2020|
|Department of Product Design||B.A., B.S., B.F.A.||National Association of Schools of Art and Design||2010||2020|
|Department of Art||B.A., B.S., B.F.A., M.F.A.||National Association of Schools of Art and Design||2010||2020|
|School of Journalism and Communication||B.A., B.S., M.A. M.S., Ph.D.||Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication||2018||2020|
School of Music and Dance
|B.A., B.S., M.A., M.Mus., D.M.A., Ph.D.||National Association of Schools of Music||2012||2019-20|
|School of Law||J.D., L.L.M., M.A., M.S.||American Bar Association||2014||2020-21|
|Counseling Psychology (COE)||Ph.D.||American Psychological Association||2011||2018|
|School Psychology (COE)||Ph.D.||American Psychological Association||2014||2021|
|Couples and Family Therapy (COE)||M.S.||Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education||2014||2022|
|Communication Disorders & Sciences (COE)||M.A., M.S.||American Speech-Language-Hearing Association||2012||2019-20|
|Clinical Psychology (CAS)||Ph.D.||American Psychological Association||2011|
|Department of Chemistry||B.A., B.S., M.A. M.S., Ph.D.||American Chemical Society||2016|