Sanction removed from WOSC’s affiliation status


On Wednesday, July 8, Western Oklahoma State College was notified by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), that at its June 25 meeting, the HLC Board of Trustees removed a sanction placed on the college’s affiliation status. Western’s long-standing affiliation with the HLC has been re-affirmed based upon materials from the college’s February 2015 comprehensive evaluation and other supporting documentation.

Additionally, the Board removed the limitation on Western offering online courses of less than 8 weeks. The Board based its action on documented evidence which confirmed the college’s compliance with the HLC criteria for accreditation.

In April 2013 it was revealed that Western Oklahoma State College’s accrediting board had placed the school on probation following a review of a controversial online course reportedly favored by college athletes.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools said the college’s 10-day accelerated online courses didn’t meet quality and rigor standards required of compressed-format courses.

As part of the probation, the board revoked approval for the college to offer accelerated online courses and programs.

Information regarding Western’s accredited status can be found at wosc.edu/accreditation.

Reach Michael Bush at fbush@civitasmedia.com

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