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Statement of Accreditation Status

as of June 29, 2017

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8622
(920) 424-1234

*Previous names: Wisconsin State College at Oshkosh to Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh (1964) to University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1972)

The information on this page describes the accreditation relationship between this institution and the Higher Learning Commission. General information about the Commission and the accreditation process is provided at the end of this document. In addition, links to definitions are provided for many of the terms used.

Accreditation Information

Current status: Accredited

Accreditation date(s):01/01/1915 - 12/31/1921; 01/01/1928

Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation: 2006 - 2007

Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2016 - 2017

Upcoming or In-Progress Reviews

04/17/2017:Comprehensive Evaluation 

Most Recent History with the Commission

07/11/2007:Comprehensive Evaluations - Continued Accreditation 

General Institutional Information

This section provides brief, general information about the institution’s organization and scope. The information is self-reported by the institution through the annual Institutional Update to the Commission. Additional information can be found at nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ or on the institution’s web site noted above.

Control: Public

Degree programs (number in each category): Associates (2), Bachelors (65), Masters (19), Doctoral (2)

Certificate programs (number offered): 37

Off-Campus Activities (This listing was last updated: 02/21/2017; the information may not be current.) The institution’s accreditation includes courses and programs at:

In-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Alma Area Schools - Alma, WI; Fox Valley Technical College - Appleton, WI; Appleton - Appleton, WI; Roosevelt Middle School - Appleton, WI; Appleton North High School - Appleton, WI; Valley View Elementary School - Ashwaubenon, WI; UW College Baraboo/Sauk County - Baraboo, WI; Baraboo School District - Baraboo, WI; Beloit School District - Beloit, WI; Southern Door Schools - Brussels, WI; Chilton School District5 - Chilton, WI; Lakeshore Technical College - Cleveland, WI; UW College Fond du Lac - Fond du Lac, WI; Cooperative Educational Service Agency 8 [CESA 8] - Gillett, WI; Green Bay - Green Bay, WI; Howard-Suamico School District/Bayport HS - Green Bay, WI; Erin School - Hartford, WI; Hayward Community School District - Hayward, WI; UW College Rock County - Janesville, WI; UW College Manitowoc - Manitowoc, WI; UW College Marinette - Marinette, WI; UW Marshfield/Wood County - Marshfield, WI; UW College Fox Valley - Menasha, WI; Middleton High School - Middleton, WI; Oconomowoc Area School District - Oconomowoc, WI; Omro High School - Omro, WI; Fox Valley Technical College/Spanbauer Center - Oshkosh, WI; Cooperative Education Service Agency 6 [CESA 6} - Oshkosh, WI; Oshkosh Area School District - Oshkosh, WI; Oaklawn Elementary School - Oshkosh, WI; Oshkosh North High School - Oshkosh, WI; Oshkosh West High School - Oshkosh, WI; Plymouth School District - Plymouth, WI; UW Barron County - Rice Lake, WI; UW Richland - Richland Center, WI; Seymour School District/Seymour High School - Seymour, WI; UW College Sheboygan - Sheboygan, WI; Wabeno School District - Wabeno, WI; Kettle Moraine School District - Wales, WI; UW Waukesha - Waukesha, WI; Waupaca High School - Waupaca, WI; Northcentral Technical College - Wausau, WI; UW College Marathon County - Wausau, WI; Wausau School District - Wausau, WI; Wausau School District - Wausau, WI; UW College Washington County - West Bend, WI; Badger Middle School - West Bend, WI; Winneconne Community School District - Winneconne, WI;
Out-of-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Wind River Tribal College - Ethete, WY; Wind River Institute - Fort Washakie, WY;
Out-of-U.S.:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   None.

About HLC and Accreditation

Institutions of higher education in the United States seek accreditation through two types of accreditation agencies, institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation agencies are classified as regional and national.

National accreditation associations focus on certain types of colleges such as trade and technical institutions, or religious colleges such as seminaries and bible colleges.

Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting colleges and universities. There are six regions of the U.S. in which regional agencies operate. The regional accreditation agencies have similar standards for accrediting colleges and universities.

Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions that HLC accredits are evaluated against HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and/or maintain accredited status.

HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation reflect a set of guiding values. The accreditation process is based on a system of peer review. Approximately 1,300 educators from institutions of higher education serve as peer reviewers conducting accreditation evaluations for other institutions. Peer reviewers also serve on committees that make up the decision-making bodies of the accreditation process.

Evaluation Process
HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. In addition, all institution’s are required to complete an annual filing of the Institutional Update, undergo annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators, and adhere to HLC policies and practices on institutional change.

Peer reviewers trained in HLC’s standards evaluate institution’s demonstration of whether they meet the Criteria for Accreditation and make recommendations to HLC’s decision-making bodies.

Institutional Actions Council (Decision-Making Body)
The Board of Trustees appoints and authorizes members of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) to conduct reviews and take actions on the majority of accreditation recommendations. IAC members consist of representatives of academic institutions accredited by HLC, as well as members of the public. Detailed information on IAC processes is found in HLC’s policies on decision-making.

Public Information
In the interest of being transparent, HLC is committed to providing information to the public regarding accreditation decisions made regarding individual institutions.

Actions that are taken by HLC regarding an institution’s accreditation status are disclosed to the public. Beginning July 2013, in all cases of issuing continued accreditation, placing an institution on or resolving a sanction, or withdrawing accreditation, the Action Letter issued to the institution is made available for viewing and the institution’s status in HLC’s online directory is updated. Public Disclosure Notices are also issued in cases of sanction to provide the public more detail of the issues leading to sanction.

Complaints Against HLC Accredited Institutions
Each year, HLC receives a number of complaints about institutions from faculty, students, and other parties. HLC has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint does raise issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, HLC forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.

Complainants with specific claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or employment discrimination should seek prior review of such claims by the appropriate federal agencies. HLC may ask for the report or record of such review in determining whether it can proceed to consider the claim as a complaint related to compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.