Is OHSU an accredited institution?

  • Yes. Oregon Health & Science University abides by the standards and criteria of 15 different specialized accrediting agencies for its academic programs.  In addition, there are a number of additional specialized accreditation, licensure and certifications for numerous programs in the hospitals and clinics, research institutes and environmental health and radiation safety areas.
  • As a postsecondary educational institution, OHSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • OHSU has maintained continuous accreditation with NWCCU since 1980, earning reaffirmation of accreditation in its last ten-year full-scale accreditation review in 2005, and 2012 Year Three evaluation.
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What is regional institutional accreditation?

  • Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions 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.
  • The focus of the NWCCU is on OHSU as an academic enterprise, and considers research and healthcare in the context of faculty productivity and student learning environments.

Why does OHSU value accreditation?

  • The accreditation process presents regular opportunities for self-reflection and evaluation.  This process also provides a means of external validation ensuring that university policies, procedures, processes and activities meet the accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures.
  • Program-level accreditation for OHSU health profession programs requires them to be a part of an accredited university.
  • Accreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.
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How often is OHSU evaluated?

  • The Five Standards for accreditation are reviewed within a seven year cycle beginning in 2011.

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What is the basis for NWCCU's evaluation?

  • Each standard articulates the expected quality and effectiveness for a given area, which is addressed during a different stage of the cycle.
    • Standard One is addressed in year one
    • Standard Two in year three
    • Standards Three, Four and Five in year seven
  • The five accreditation standards are designed to guide institutions in a process of self-reflection that blends analysis and synthesis in a holistic examination of:
    • The institution's Mission and Core Themes;
    • The translation of the Mission's Core Themes into assessable objectives supported by programs and services;
    • The appraisal of the institution's potential to fulfill the Mission;
    • The planning and implementation involved in achieving and assessing the desired outcomes of programs and services; and
    • An evaluation of the results of the institution's efforts to fulfill the Mission and assess its ability to monitor its environment, adapt, and sustain itself as a viable institution.
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What are OHSU's core themes?

  • OHSU has four core themes which are a reflection of the university mission and strategic goals outlined in Vision 2020.  The core themes are:
    • Learning Environment
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Clinical and Translational Research
    • Health System & Health Policy Leadership
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How is progress measured towards achieving the core themes?

Various groups across campus and the leadership have worked together to establish a set of objectives and indicators that are used to measure each core theme.

  • Measurable targets and supporting data sources have been defined for each indicator to gauge performance.
  • OHSU has now finalized a set of indicators with target definitions and data sources for all of its core themes.  As a result of the Year Seven self-study process, the university completed its first comprehensive review of achievement on all of its core themes.
  • The progress and achievement of the university's efforts to meet the core theme indicators and demonstrate mission fulfillment, will now be published annually in the Fact Book and on the accreditation website.
  • OHSU is able to clearly demonstrate that it is fulfilling its mission!
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