WSCUC President Testifies before Congressional Committee on Value of Accreditation

ALAMEDA, CA – WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) president Mary Ellen Petrisko today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee during a hearing entitled, “...

The ARC is in San Diego this year from April 19-21, and you can see what people are talking about on Twitter. Participants are using #wascarc and #2017ARC, and WSCUC’s handle is @wascsenior.

There will also be live blogging describing events at the conference as it unfolds - visit WSCUC’s homepage at to see what is happening at the ARC.

April 18, 2017


WSCUC Hosts 9th Annual Academic Resource Conference


ALAMEDA, CA – This week, WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) will host its 9th annual Academic Resource Conference (ARC), which brings together institutional leaders and stakeholders from across the region to discuss issues and opportunities in higher education. The...

WSCUC is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as Vice President, to provide professional support to an assigned portfolio of institutions and to the Commission in order to ensure an efficient and effective accreditation process.

For more information please review the full position description.

Inquiries and Nominations:  We welcome nominations for this position.  Please direct all...

The 2017 WSCUC Academic Resource Conference is coming next month – be sure to make plans to join your colleagues at the ARC: 

April 19-21, 2017
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

The 2017 ARC will explore many timely and urgent questions surrounding the fulfillment of institutional mission in a rapidly changing higher education landscape. Highlights include: 

  • Plenary Speakers...

The Commission is requesting comments from the region on a draft proposal describing a new pathway for reaffirmation of accreditation that is a variant to the current review process. This new pathway, while as rigorous as the current institutional review process, will be a streamlined version of the Offsite Review and Accreditation Visit. A working group consisting of Commissioners and representatives from the region developed the pathway, called Themed Institutional Review for Reaffirmation...

Click here to view the Dues and Fees Schedule 2017-2018.

During the February 2017 Commission meeting, the Compliance Audit Policy and the Cooperation Among Accrediting Agencies Policy were retired, and Institutions within a System Policy was revised. 

The Compliance Audit Policy was developed under the old Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) and Educational Effectiveness Review (EER) model described in the 2001 Handbook of Accreditation. At that time, a Compliance Audit Checklist was separately...

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is pleased to announce our new domain name-

Links to the WSCUC website that use the domain will be automatically redirected to and email sent to staff using their addresses will also be automatically forwarded.

Please whitelist the domain so that important communications are not interupted and update your bookmarks and address book records...

To conform to expectations in the Code of Federal Regulations concerning accreditation and substantive change, WSCUC has amended its Substantive Change Policy and supporting procedures effective July 1, 2017. The Commission, at its February 17, 2017 meeting approved revisions to the Substantive Change Policy, and acted to retire the Degree Level Approval...


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