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A guide to accompany the Accreditation Reviews for Institutions within a System Policy, entitled Institutions within Systems Governance Guide, has been approved by the Commission for circulation to the region for comment. This guide will be considered by the Commission during its February 2018 Meeting....

A revision to the Diversity Policy, renamed the Equity and Inclusion Policy, was approved by the Commission during its November 2017 Meeting.

The policy was edited for brevity and clarity, using updated language. The draft was circulated to the region for comments before final approval by the Commission in November. Institutions are not expected to write specifically about this...

On November 17, WSCUC hosted the second convening of participants in the Lumina Foundation-funded Community of Practice (CoP), including institutional representative and mentors, and welcomed Linda Suskie as the convening’s keynote speaker. WSCUC developed and is facilitating the CoP, comprising teams from WSCUC institutions, in order to increase leadership and institutional capacity in learning outcomes assessment visibility. Participating institutions receive consulting and network support...

ALAMEDA, CA – The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) announced Jamienne S. Studley will assume the role of president and CEO of the organization in January 2018. WSCUC Chair Dr. Reed Dasenbrock made the announcement following unanimous decision by the Commission.

Studley’s experience spans federal higher education policy, campus leadership, civil rights advocacy, and nonprofit management. She served most recently as deputy and acting under secretary...

A proposal to publish WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard data is being circulated by the Commission to the region for public comment. The Commission will consider this proposal during the November 2017 meeting.  Currently, each institution has access to only its own Dashboard data, with other institutions’ aggregated data provided for comparison purposes. This proposal to publish all Graduation Rate...

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has announced the appointment of seven new commissioners effective July 2017.

“We are pleased to welcome an impressive slate of new commissioners who are deeply committed to WSCUC’s mission of assuring postsecondary quality,” said WSCUC president Mary Ellen Petrisko. “Commissioners dedicate countless hours to conducting site visits, examining programming and outcomes, and making recommendations to help...

Governing Board Policy and Guide

A revision to the Independent Governing Board Policy, newly renamed the Governing Board Policy, is being circulated by the Commission to the region for public comment. This...

After an extensive development and review process, including open discussions at the ARC (Academic Resource Conference), a working group of institutional representatives, and written feedback from the region, the Commission approved a new process for reaffirmation of accreditation called the Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation.

This new pathway is as rigorous as the current institutional review...

The first convening of WSCUC’s Community of Practice for Advancing Learning Outcomes Initiative took place on April 18, preceding the Academic Resource Conference in San Diego. We welcomed Natasha Jankowski, Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), as our guest speaker, along with nearly 30 participants from the Community of Practice. Geoff Chase, David Chase, and Errin Heyman represented WSCUC and guided group discussions with Natasha on her presentation...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2017

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, “...

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