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The Higher Learning Commissions (HLC) has reaffirmed the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s status as an accredited institution of higher education.

This 10-year accreditation stands until the next reaffirmation appointment in 2028-2029.

“While we anticipated this outcome, it nevertheless represents another hard-earned achievement in the series of university successes over the last year,” UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said. “We appreciate and understand the HLC’s determinations, and we thank our reviewers for reaching and sharing principled and constructive conclusions.”

The HLC is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities that are based in a 19-state region of the United States.

Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution, including its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances and resources.

HLC’s institutional accreditation includes all degree levels as well as onsite and online offerings. Institutions of higher education in the United States may also seek accreditation through national or specialized accreditation agencies. National accreditation associations, like regional accreditors, accredit the institution as a whole. Specialized accreditation agencies accredit programs, departments or schools within a college or university.

Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities. There are six regions of the United States which regional agencies oversee. The regional accreditation agencies have similar standards for accrediting colleges and universities.

UW Oshkosh has been accredited by HLC since 1929.

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