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Value of Accreditation

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

Institutional accreditation encompasses the institution as a whole, including all academic programs, all degree levels and both onsite and online course delivery. (

Accreditation means:

  • an eligibility for grants and external funding;
  • the ability to transfer academic credit to and from Oklahoma City University (OCU);
  • an assurance of quality education and business practices;
  • the ability for students to receive federal and other forms of student financial aid;
  • a focus on continuous improvement for students and all stakeholders, including the community;
  • an ability to attract and retain qualified faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • an enhancement of the employability of OCU alumni; and
  • a legitimacy of OCU as a reputable institution of higher education
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