About Us


The WASC Senior College and University Commission (”the Commission”) is an institutional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.



WSCUC is reviewed periodically for renewal of recognition by the US Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).



The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, (WASC), was formed in 1962 to promote the development of higher education in the western region when it took over and further formalized the work of its predecessor organization, the Western College Association. WASC was previously incorporated as a single 501(c)(3) entity that encompassed the three commissions (WASC Senior College and University Commission, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges WASC, and the Accrediting Commission for Schools WASC ).

In 2012-2013 the three Commissions re-incorporated as separate entities that share the same ‘WASC’ acronym but are otherwise separate organizations with independent scopes and governance structures. For more information about the two other that agencies share the WASC acronym see Types of Accreditation and Links to Other Accrediting Agencies.