Oklahoma State University

Upcoming North Central Accreditation

December 1, 2004

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The Higher Learning Commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges (NCAC) and Schools. It is committed to developing and maintaining high standards of excellence. The Association is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States. Through its Commissions, NCAC accredits, and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the 19-state North Central region, which includes Oklahoma.

Accreditation by the Commission and by other nationally recognized agencies provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution meets the agency’s clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them. Accreditation provides both public certification of acceptable institutional quality as well as an opportunity and incentive for self-improvement in the institutions accredited. The Commission concludes that an institution meets its requirements only after an outside examination is conducted. For the accredited institution, the process of accreditation provides an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from persons from other institutions. The Commission last visited OSU in 1995. They will return for a continued accreditation evaluation in 2005.

In its 1995 report, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools addressed the Library space issue under Criterion Two, Item 6: “In the 1986 review, there were several concerns expressed about the library, including limited space. The team suggested that some of the collection be moved to remote storage to free up some space.” The 1995 report continues, “The need for additional space in the main Edmon Low Library has been a concern for some time, as noted above. Currently there are only 1,150 seats in the library, reflecting a gradual reduction over the past few years. This is too little to serve users, since the Low Library has about one million visits a year. Staff estimate that 15-25 percent of students and faculty are regular users, while almost all university constituents are occasional users. To date there has been no resolution of these space problems.”

Since 1995, the Library has worked to improve the seating problems in the building and implement the team’s suggestions. One third of the Library Annex was renovated and opened in 2003. The process to move material there is underway. (For information on this see The Library Annex on page 2). This remote shelving facility has allowed the Library to begin to restore seating. There are now 1,220 seats in the Edmon Low Library, an increase of 70 seats since the last accreditation visit.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!


URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall04/nca.htm
Last Updated: 22 May 2008

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