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Recent Accreditation Information, Updates and FAQs

Updated: Jan. 27, 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 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 and Shared with Students Presently Enrolled in the 4th 4 Week on-line Courses

  • 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 if I am already enrolled in a 4 week online course for this semester?  Will I be able to take my course?  
     Important information for all 4th 4 week PRE-ENROLLED students:
    Please be advised of the following as it relates to your pre-enrolled 4th 4 week  online course status.

    1. As an accredited institution of higher education all Western courses, in any format,  are transferrable to your host institution.
    2. Concurrent enrolled high school students may continue in the 4th 4 week course session of the Spring 2013 semester if they were pre-enrolled.
    3. All other 4th 4 week pre-enrolled students may opt out of the course and are encouraged to enroll in a summer session course.
    4. Those pre- enrolled non-concurrent students who opt to continue in the 4th 4 week course are strongly advised to check with your host institution to verify acceptance of the course.
    5. Any pre-enrolled student who decides to withdraw from the course will receive a full-refund of the course fee.

  • Will intersession courses be offered again at Western?
    We encourage you to periodically check our website for possible updates.

  • What other online courses are available from Western?
     Answer:  Western will not offer Summer 2013 online courses.  However 8-week and 16-week online courses will be offered during the Fall 2013 semester. Western does offer 16, 8 and 4 week courses in the traditional on campus format. Check for updates.


- Recent Accreditation Information, Updates and FAQs -
Was Last Revised: Mon, 27 Jan 2014

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