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Southeastern’s accreditation status continued by Higher Learning Commission

DURANT, Okla. – The start of fall classes may still be several days away (Aug. 18), but the academic year is already off to a great start at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The University recently received official notification from the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission – A Commission of the North Central Association – that Southeastern’s accredited status has been continued with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2023-24.

“This continued accreditation reflects the dedication and commitment of the Southeastern faculty, staff, and administration,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “I appreciate all of the effort that went into this process over the past three years.’’

In its final team report, the HLC determined the following:

  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University has met all criteria and core components
  • No follow-up action (focus visits, monitoring or progress reports) is necessary

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

The HLC is a regional accreditation agency that accredits more than 1,000-degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state region of the United States. Institutions that the Commission accredits are evaluated against the Commission’s criteria for accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and maintain accredited status.  The Commission’s criteria for accreditation reflect a set of guiding values.

A six-member HLC evaluation team was on the Southeastern campus February 24-26, 2014, for a comprehensive visit for continued accreditation. Prior to that, Southeastern submitted a self-study report to the team for review. The report may be accessed by the public at

For more information about the Higher Learning Commission, visit

University seeks third party comments regarding accreditation

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University is seeking comments from the public about  the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

Southeastern will host a visit February 24-26, 2014, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Southeastern has been accredited by the Commission since 1949.

The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to:

Third Party Comment on Southeastern Oklahoma State University,
The Higher Learning Commission,
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Ill. 60604-1411.

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s web site at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 24, 2014.