Oregon State Office of Degree Authorization is a unit of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission that authorizes schools to offer academic degrees in the U.S. state of Oregon, validates individual claims of degrees, enforces the closure of substandard or fraudulent higher education programs in the state, and enforces policy for publicly funded postsecondary programs and locations. The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC established by the Oregon Legislature in 1959 is primarily charged with administering student financial aid programs and through its A degree is any of a wide range of status levels conferred by institutions of Higher education, such as universities, normally as the result of successfully completing A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government Oregon ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
The Office of Degree Authorization aims "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. " The ODA maintains a website on which it provides updated information on suspected diploma mills and unaccredited schools both inside and outside of Oregon. A diploma mill (also known as a degree mill) is an organization that awards Academic degrees and Diplomas with substandard or no academic study and without Educational accreditation is a type of Quality assurance process under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are evaluated by an external body