Statement of Accreditation Status

Open University

  • CEO: Prof. Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Donna Wright
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Not classified
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2003
  • Accreditation Granted: 2005
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028

Contact Information

Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

(441) 908-6531

www.open.ac.uk

  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request that, beginning in 2021 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2024, the institution provide further evidence of (1) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI) and (2) annual independent audit confirming financial viability with evidence of follow-up on any cited concerns (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. To request a supplemental information report, due December 15, 2020 documenting (1) enrollment management planning linked to budget development and (2) annual independent audit confirming financial viability with evidence of follow-up on any cited concerns (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, reaffirm accreditation and commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report and process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope
  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs) Included within the scope
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope

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