OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The university’s 2019 report to the NWCCU indicates how central writing is to academic and professional success for all students, across all fields.
The report mentions five areas of the curriculum that support student’s critical thinking and writing:
Courses on Contemporary Global Issues
Courses on Science, Technology, and Society
WIC courses, taken in students’ majors
The report conclusion highlights the particular importance of critical thinking and writing when it states that:
In addition to providing access to affordable higher learning through multiple pathways, OSU is committed to delivering liberal education with a focus on critical thinking, writing, cultural understanding and service to others. (p. 330)
Writing is also key in accreditation for programs in many fields.