OHSU Accreditation

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Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. Accreditation is a measure of quality and a demonstration of OHSU's commitment to continuous improvement. A successful evaluation is important for ensuring OHSU can continue offering the specialized programs it's known for, federal financial aid for students and a desirable place for students to transfer to.  

OHSU maintains continuous accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities. See OHSU's specialized accreditations by program

OHSU is evaluated by the NWCCU at several points over a seven-year period: 

Year One Self-Evaluation Report 

  • Report addresses Mission and Core Themes
  • No visit by reviewers 
  • Submitted in year three 
  • Self-Evaluation Report focuses on how OHSU assesses student learning 
  • Reviewers visit OHSU 
  • Purpose is to determine readiness for Year Seven 

Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report

  • OHSU submits self-study report that includes content and supporting documentation that examines how it meets five accreditation standards
  • NWCCU evaluates OHSU against standards and identifies areas of strength and weakness 
  • Includes visit from seven to nine NWCCU evaluators

Recent and upcoming activity

  • January 2016: OHSU's accreditation reaffirmed by NWCCU
  • September 2016: OHSU submits Year One Self-Evaluation Report
  • September 2018: OHSU submits Mid Cycle Self-Evaluation  |  Report and Addendum
  • October 2018: Small team of NWCCU evaluators to visit OHSU
  • January 2019: NWCCU's notification on OHSU's Mid-Cycle Report

In its reaffirmation of accreditation in 2016, the commission gave OHSU three commendations:

  • OHSU's contributions in health care and health sciences to the state of Oregon and beyond.
  • OHSU's faculty and administrators for their efforts and commitment to the development of Interprofessional Education across the institution, including rural sites.
  • OHSU's faculty for a culture of collaboration for research and education and the university as a whole for partnerships with other institutions, industries, and rural communities.


For more information about OHSU's accreditation process, contact , assistant vice provost for accreditation.