Accreditation & Assessment

The University of Tulsa has maintained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission since 1929 while other entities of the university (programs, departments, schools, etc.) maintain accreditation through specialized agencies. In order to be accredited, an institution is required to assess current programs’ strengths and weaknesses against the criteria that comprise the institutional mission statement. The institution is then expected to use that information to continually improve its program offerings.

A listing of the accreditation agencies with which TU is affiliated is available on the University and Program Accreditation page. Inquiries about obtaining or reviewing documents that describe accreditation, approval or licensing should be directed to the Office of University Assessment at 918-631-3262.

Why is Accreditation Important?

“Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.” (U.S. Department of Education) There are both Institutional accreditations and Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations.

Accreditation affects every aspect of higher learning institutions: the ability of students to receive federal financial aid; the university’s successful recruitment and retention of the highest quality faculty; and the perceived value by graduates and potential employers of these graduates. As such, accreditation provides public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity and incentive for institutions to engage in the self-evaluation and self-improvement processes.

Why is Assessment Important?

Educational assessment initiatives must begin with a set of clearly articulated learning objectives that outline the skills and/or knowledge students are expected to develop upon successful completion of a program. At the institutional level, these learning objectives are articulated in the TU mission statement.

The University of Tulsa has implemented comprehensive programs for assessment of student learning at the institutional, program (major), and course levels. In addition, program learning goals are prominently and consistently published on each academic unit’s website to ensure that all constituents, especially students, are aware of the skills or concepts they should develop upon successfully completing an academic program.

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The University of Tulsa

Accredited: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
https://hlcommission.org/
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
800-621-7440

The University of Tulsa is also approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Approved: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-225-9100
https://www.okhighered.org/

Program Accreditation

Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or schools which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution; most often these programs that lead to certification or licensure. To receive specialized accreditation, the college, school, or program must demonstrate that it has relevant content, qualified faculty, and adequate resources to meet rigorous accreditation standards set for a specific field, discipline, or profession. By earning this accreditation, the academic unit demonstrates that it has met the standards that prepare students for advancement in the field.

Specialized accreditation is a valuable and important verification that the specific program meets professional standards.

Following is the list of organizations that have accredited our programs:

Kendall College of Arts & Sciences

Music

BA Music, B Music Composition, B Music Education, B Music Performance
Accredited: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
https://nasm.arts-accredit.org
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
703-437-0700

Psychology

Clinical Psychology – PhD
Accredited: American Psychological Association (APA)
https://www.apa.org
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
202-336-5500


Deaf Education (Elementary) – BADE
Accredited: Council on Education of the Deaf (CED)
https://councilondeafed.org/
Gallaudet University
P.O. Box 2074
800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002-3695
Additional information available:
Educational Enhancement for the Field of Deaf Education
https://www.deafed.net/Default.asp

Collins College of Business

Undergraduate and Graduate Business Degrees – BSBA, BSIBL, MBA, MAcc, MEB, MSF
Accredited: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)
https://www.aacsb.edu
777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750
Tampa, FL 33602 USA
813-769-6500

College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Chemical Engineering – BSChE
Accredited: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
https://www.abet.org
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

Chemistry – BSC
Approved: American Chemical Society (ACS)
https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en.html
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
800-227-5558

Computer Science – BSCS
Accredited: Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
https://www.abet.org
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

Electrical Engineering – BSEE
Accredited: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
https://www.abet.org
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

Engineering Physics – BSEP
Accredited: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
https://www.abet.org
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

Mechanical Engineering – BSME
Accredited: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
https://www.abet.org
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

Petroleum Engineering – BSPE
Accredited: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
https://www.abet.org
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

Oxley College of Health Sciences

Nursing – BSN

Accredited: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
https://www.acenursing.org
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

Athletic Training – BSAT MAT
Accredited: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
https://www.caate.net
6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731-3184
512-733-9700

Speech-Language Pathology – MS
Accredited: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association
https://www.asha.org
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, Maryland 20850-3289
800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700

College of Law

Law – JD
Accredited: American Bar Association (ABA)
https://www.abanet.org
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
800-285-2221


Updated June 29, 2018.

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