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We're excited to announce that OCC was notified on June 14, 2018 that the institution has been continued in the schedule of Candidate for Accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission! This follows a March 12-13, 2018 biennial visit that ensure the college is making progress towards fulfilling the requirements of initial accreditation by spring 2020. This is in addition 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 conjunction with the 2012-2017 strategic plan. In 2014, we were notified that we 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 and was granted Candidate for Accreditation on November 3, 2016. The biennial visit ensures the institution is continuing to make progress to complete the initial accreditation process within four years.
“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 has 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 nineteen states, including Missouri. 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.
Updated on June 18th, 2018.