Ohio Dominican University has been reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for a 10-year period, the maximum amount of time possible. The regional accreditation agency validates the overall quality of institutions and has affirmed the mission and responsibility of ODU.
As part of the accreditation process, a team of HLC peer reviewers visited ODU on March 26-27, 2018. This visit occurs every 10 years.
“I am pleased that the Higher Learning Commissions’ team of peer reviewers was impressed during their visit, both with the outstanding quality of education our students receive, as well as the commitment of the faculty and staff who strive to serve our students each and every day,” said ODU President Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. “I’m exceedingly grateful for the thorough, tireless and exceptional work of our reaccreditation committees and the entire campus community for their thoughtful and enthusiastic participation during this important process.”
Planning for the visit began in fall of 2015, when the University’s leadership formed a reaccreditation committee consisting of faculty and staff. Members of the committee and subcommittees spent more than two years preparing an assurance argument that was submitted prior to the visit. The HLC team conducted a comprehensive evaluation of ODU to ensure it meets the Criteria for Accreditation, is pursuing institutional improvement, and complies with requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Criteria for Accreditation include:
- The institution’s mission is clear, articulated publicly and guides the institution’s operations;
- The institution acts with integrity and its conduct is ethical and responsible;
- The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered;
- The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement;
- The institution’s resources, structures and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.
The guiding values to receive accreditation include:
- Focus on student learning;
- Education as a public purpose;
- Education for a diverse, technological, globally connected world;
- A culture of continuous improvement;
- Evidence-based institutional learning and self-presentation;
- Integrity, transparency and ethical behavior or practice;
- Governance for the well-being of the institution;
- Planning and management of resources to ensure institutional sustainability;
- Mission-centered evaluation;
- Accreditation through peer review.
Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredit degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions. The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors and accredits degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states. Accreditation is required for universities to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research.
ODU was previously granted a full 10-year reaccreditation in 2007. The University has been accredited by the HLC since 1934.