November 2020 Commission Actions

During the month of November, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) took action on the following institutions. Copies of Commission action letters and visiting team reports are available on the WSCUC website at, with the exception of Substantive Change reports and Interim Reports, which are not made public.

Grant Candidacy

  • AMDA College of the Performing Arts

Grant Initial Accreditation

  • San Joaquin Valley College

Reaffirm Accreditation for 8 Years

  • Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  • The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law
  • University of La Verne

Following a Special Visit – Remove Probation, Issue a Warning

  • San Diego Christian College

Following a Special Visit – Remove Probation, Reaffirm for 6 years

  • The Master’s University and Seminary


Structural Changes

Brandman University

Approved Change of Control from Chapman University to the University of Massachusetts


Ashford University

Approved Change of Ownership and Legal Status, through which Ashford University will separate from its parent corporation Zovio (formerly Bridgepoint Education Inc.) and be acquired by the independent non-profit University of Arizona Global Campus


Substantive Changes 

Southern California University of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

New degree program (distance education)


Hawaii Pacific University

Doctor of Physical Therapy

New degree program (distance education)


Chaminade University of Honolulu

EdD in Organizational Leadership for Adaptation and Change

New degree program (distance education)


Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope

PhD in Translational Medicine

New degree program (on-site)


University of California, Irvine

Doctor of Pharmacy

New degree program (on-site)


Interim Reports