high school students

Please direct matters pertaining to the oversight of the program to Juan Báez-Arévalo, Director of Private Post-secondary Education at: juan.baez-arevalo@ode.state.or.us

The Office of Degree Authorization is committed to assisting institutions seeking program approval to operate in Oregon and serving the students of Oregon seeking quality degree-grant post-secondary offering.

Office of Degree Authorization

As part of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the mission of our office is to assist Oregon students and their families in attaining a postsecondary education and to enhance the value, integrity, and diversity of Oregon's college programs.

The Office of Degree Authorization is required by statute to provide for the protection of the citizens of Oregon and their postsecondary schools by ensuring the quality of higher education and preserving the integrity of an academic degree as a public credential. ODA administers laws, standards, and services that protect students, holders of legitimately earned degrees, institutions, businesses, employers, patients or clients, and licensing boards.

All degree-granting private post-secondary institutions offering academic programs in Oregon, or to Oregon students from outside the state, must be approved by the Office of Degree Authorization.

ODA Functions and Services

DEGREE AUTHORIZATION - FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

  • Approval of college and university degrees offered to Oregon students
  • Approval of courses, practicum and clinical placement programs and other partial degree programs or activities for college credit offered in Oregon
  • Technical support and guidance for development of new programs, faculty qualifications, compliance questions, interpretation of regulations, et cetera

DEGREE VALIDATION - FOR INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS, LICENSING BOARDS, OTHER STATE AGENCIES AND EMPLOYERS

  • Information about accreditation and degree programs approved for Oregon students
  • Evaluation of college transcripts and unaccredited degrees
  • Termination of
  • Information about diploma and degree mills
  • Evaluation and validation of international degrees for Oregon residents or employers
  • Support and guidance for students with complaints about a campus-based or online program offered in Oregon