Recent Accreditation Information, Updates and FAQs
Western 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.
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.
- Action Letter on Western Oklahoma State College (April 2013)
- Public Disclosure Notice on Western Oklahoma State College (April 2013)
- Dr. Phil Birdine's Response to the February 11-12, 2013 HLC Advisory Team Visit to WOSC (April 2013)
- (President) Dr. Phil Birdine's Message to All Western Students (April 2013)
- Letter to Western's Partners and Stakeholders (April 2013)
- A Town Hall meeting hosted by the academic deans to discuss the recently developed "Teach Out Plan" will be held May 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the HLC Training Room The college will post the full contents of the teach out plan to its accreditation page shortly after the town hall meeting has been held. For specific information on the teach out plan, please contact the Dean's office or the office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Support Services. Please see the link below for the meeting agenda.
Town Hall Meeting Agenda (May 2013)
- Proposed Teach Out Plan Submitted to the Higher Learning Commission (May 2013)
- Federal compliance Filing Public Comments request (Jan 2014)
- Federal compliance filing public comments request (Jan 2015)
- Third Party Comments for Western Oklahoma State College (Jan 2015)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (312) 263-0456.
- 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 wosc.edu/courseschedule for a listing of courses for the current semester.