Last updated: August 05. 2014 10:27AM - 257 Views
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DURANT – The start of fall classes may still be several days away (Aug. 18), but the academic year is already off to a great start at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The University recently received official notification from the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission – A Commission of the North Central Association – that Southeastern’s accredited status has been continued with

the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2023-24.

“This continued accreditation reflects the dedication and commitment of the Southeastern faculty, staff, and administration,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “I appreciate all of the effort that went into this process over the past three years.’’

In its final team report, the HLC determined the following:

· Southeastern Oklahoma State University has met all criteria and core components

· No follow-up action (focus visits, monitoring or progress reports) is necessary

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

The HLC is a regional accreditation agency that accredits more than 1,000-degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state region of the United States. Institutions that the Commission accredits are evaluated against the Commission’s criteria for accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and maintain accredited status. The Commission’s criteria for accreditation reflect a set of guiding values.

A six-member HLC evaluation team was on the Southeastern campus February 24-26, 2014, for a comprehensive visit for continued accreditation. Prior to that, Southeastern submitted a self-study report to the team for review. The report may be accessed by the public at http://www.se.edu/dept/academic-affairs/files/2013/09/Southeastern-Oklahoma-State-Univ-Final-Rpt.pdf

For more information about the Higher Learning Commission, visit https://www.ncahlc.org/.

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