We’re excited to announce that OCC has just been granted regional accreditation candidacy with the Higher Learning Commission! This adds to our national accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which we’ve held since 1988.
Ozark began the process of seeking candidacy status with the HLC in 2012. In 2014, we were notified that we’d met all the eligibility requirements and could prepare for an institution review and evaluation visit by HLC. An HLC evaluation team visited campus in April 2016. In a recent meeting on November 3, the HLC Board voted to grant the college status of Candidate for Accreditation.
“Accreditation is a means of assuring the public that an institution meets accepted standards of quality and integrity,” says Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Dr. Teresa Welch. “Ozark’s mission and curriculum have not changed. We continue to train men and women for Christian service as a single-purpose Bible college.”
The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. While national accreditation provided by ABHE focuses on certain types of colleges such as Bible colleges and seminaries, regional accreditation with HLC validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates the institution compared to other schools within that particular region of the U.S.
For more information, read our Accreditation FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) here.