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Recent Accreditation Information, Updates and FAQs

Updated: Apr. 30, 2014

Higher Learning Commission Mark of AffiliationWestern Oklahoma State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).  Accreditation provides assurance to the public, and in particular to prospective students, that an organization meets stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds to believe it will continue to meet them.

Website: [WOSC's status]
Phone: 800-621-7440
Address: 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Western Oklahoma State College can be contacted through the office of Public Information at:
(580) 477-7701 or at 2801 N Main, Altus, OK 73521.


Higher Learning Commission Notification of Status


Response to March 31 - April 2014 HLC Focus Visit

Response to February 11-12, 2013  HLC Advisory Team Visit


Public Correspondence




Western Seal

Accreditation FAQ's

  • What is probation?
     Probation is one of several sanctions that the HLC can apply to the colleges and schools it accredits.

     According to the HLC, probation indicates an institution is not in compliance with one or more of the commission's Criteria for Accreditation, and must demonstrate within two years it has remedied the problems that led to the sanction. (For more information, consult the HLC’s Special Conditions for Affiliation webpage.)

  • Will probation affect Financial Aid for Students?
     No.  Probation would not affect Western's ability to offer financial aid to our students.

  • Will probation affect a student's ability to transfer courses to another institution?
     We do not anticipate any change in a student's ability to transfer courses.  

  • Where can I send questions about accreditation?
     Students, parents, and others from the general public with questions regarding the Commission’s work should contact John Hausaman at the Higher Learning Commission by email at or by phone at (312) 263-0456. 

FAQ’s related to the HLC Sanction

  • What does a sanction of “probation” mean for Western?
     Answer:  Our regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), has requested that we make some changes to our compressed online courses (ten day intersession courses (which have been suspended until further notice)) and our 4 week on-line courses (also suspended).  We are addressing these concerns and making the appropriate changes.

  • How long will the sanction be in effect?
     Answer: Western’s probation will last no more than 2 years.

  • Is Western still an accredited institution?

  • Will my courses transfer to another institution?
     Answer:  Yes, as an accredited institution of higher education Western courses will transfer.  

  • What other online courses are available from Western?
     Answer:  8-week and 16-week online and face-to-face courses are offered.  Visit for a listing of courses for the current semester.