• The Commission

About the Commission

The Commission guides the direction and make the official decisions of the agency. The Commission’s responsibilities include establishing WSCUC Standards for institutional quality and processes for review, acting on accreditation status of individual institutions, and setting the strategic goals of WSCUC as a higher education organization committed to excellence, equity, and the public good. Its roles combine those of an accrediting agency commission and the board of directors of WSCUC as a non-profit organization.

The Commission recently adopted both new Strategic Goals and Objectives and a Statement of Commitment to Equity and Inclusion, reflecting the Commission’s ambitious strategic and equity visions.

The Commissioners Bylaws Nominations & Elections

The officers of the Commission are:

  • Tracy Poon Tambascia, Chair, Professor of Clinical Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
  • Leo Martinez, Vice Chair, Dean Emeritus and Albert Abramson Professor of Law Emeritus, UC Law San Francisco
  • Archibald Asawa, Treasurer, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Soka University of America
  • Sharon B. Hamill, Secretary, Interim Executive Director, CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care, CSU San Marcos

The Commission is composed of distinguished elected members in three categories:

Institutional Representatives

Institutional representatives include presidents, provosts, deans, faculty, senior administrators, and other representatives of the wide range of institutions accredited by WSCUC.

Public Members

WSCUC public commissioners bring perspectives and expertise from outside higher education, including experienced policy advocates, educational effectiveness experts, former public officials, and people experienced in K-12 education and accreditation with other professional and institutional agencies, and also individuals from higher education institutions not accredited by WSCUC. Federal regulations require institutional accrediting agency commissions to include at least 1/7 public members. WSCUC meets that level and spirit of public representation with members whose experience is not primarily or recently in higher education. In addition WSCUC also has commissioners who meet the federal definition of public member who are associated with higher education institutions not accredited by WSCUC.

At Large Members

The new category of at large members was created to allow outstanding individuals to serve on the commission who do not fall into one of the first two categories.

Standing Committees of the Commission

Equity & Inclusion Council

The Equity & Inclusion Council was created in February 2021 to reflect the centrality of equity and inclusion work across WSCUC. The Council will help prioritize and coordinate our E&I goals and activities with the Executive Committee and across the standing committees that have lead responsibility for each area.

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Appeals Committee

An institution that receives notice of an adverse action (as defined below) from the WASC Senior College and University Commission may, upon written request, appeal the action prior to the action becoming final. Upon such written request, the Commission shall provide for an appeal process before an appeals panel.

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Commission Work Groups

The Commission occasionally forms work groups to study and assess topics and issues of interest.

Upcoming Commission Meetings

For Institutions and Public

Commission Meeting Guide

For institutions preparing to meet with the commission about a commission action.

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For Commissioners

Responsibilities of Commission Panel Members Guide

Outline of expectations for lead readers on institutional reviews.

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