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OU: 'One of the Country's Strongest Public Research Universities' Says Accreditation Committee Report

mc/2-04-13
 
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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma is “one of the country’s strongest public research universities,” according to a newly released report from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which awarded the University reaccreditation with no additional monitoring.  (The HLC-NCA Assurance Report is available at http://www.ou.edu/accreditation.html)

In its review of the University’s progress, the report noted that OU is “well known and respected, with a rich history,” and “is led by a long-term, strong, highly visible President who has developed a broad vision for the University and who has ensured that the institution has ‘stayed the course’ throughout the years, including through difficult economic times. The result has been dramatic progress in all dimensions of the University’s mission.”

“The University is extremely proud to have received such a complimentary and supportive report from our accrediting institution,” said OU President David L. Boren.  “It is confirmation of the high standards of excellence which are being met at OU.”

The commission’s report stated, “The University has a dynamic leadership team that has fostered involvement by faculty, students and staff across all campuses, and has developed support for the vision, and related actions, to strengthen the institution as it moves forward.”

The commission also pointed out that all levels of planning align with the University’s mission “…to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society ….” The commission noted that the University’s mission statement is clear and focused on excellence in teaching, research and service and to provide an outstanding student experience.

In addition, the four presidential priorities – teaching quality, research expansion, globalization and creation of community – embody key elements of the mission and set strategic directions that appear to be clear, specific and known by all.

The report highlights the fact that University leadership also has contributed to the attainment of OU’s research mission. OU’s “very high research standing” from the Carnegie Foundation is a tribute to faculty research activity and support from the central administration, the commission states. The classification from the Carnegie Foundation is the first time a public institution in Oklahoma has received this outstanding recognition.

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