Statement of Accreditation Legend

Pre-accreditation status: Candidate for Accreditation

Candidate for Accreditation is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Commission, awarded to institutions for a limited period following a specified procedure for institutional self-study and on-site evaluation. Candidacy is subject to renewal. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not assure eventual accreditation. It is an indication that an institution is progressing toward accreditation.

Accreditation Status / Sanctions

If a public sanction has been imposed such as Warning, Probation, or Show Cause, the sanction would be noted here, e.g., Accredited (on probation) with a link to the Commission's public statement.

Sanctions, such as denial, termination, show cause, probation, and warning, may be applied to an institution when, following an investigation, the Commission concludes that an institution is in serious non-compliance with one or more Commission Standards. Sanctions are applied infrequently, with the intent to apply significant pressure on the institution to bring itself into compliance. During the period of sanction, the accreditation of an institution continues. For further information, contact the Commission Office.

More information about accreditation status can be found in the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation.

Sponsorship or Control 

  • Religious
  • Independent
  • Proprietary
  • State
  • Other Entity

For the purposes of the policy, religious sponsorship is defined as:

  1. the governing board is controlled by a religious order or entity that designates one-third or more of the members of the institution's governing board
  2. the institution is financially dependent on the religious order or religious entity (i.e., provides more than ten percent of unrestricted revenue from operations)
  3. or the religious order or entity establishes major academic policies


The enrollment figures are those for full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment submitted by the institutions based on the previous Fall enrollment.



Main Campus


The primary location of an institution. This location often, but not always, houses the administrative center of the institution.


Branch Campus


A location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution.  The location is independent if it: Is permanent in nature; Offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential;Has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and Has its own budgetary and hiring authority. 

Branch campuses are not considered to be temporary, but they may be rented or made available to the institution at no cost by another institution, organization, agency, or firm. The branch may be organized and managed by the institution itself or by contractual agreement with a third party.


Additional Location


An additional location is a site where 50 percent or more of at least one program is offered. This applies to locations within the United States or abroad. These locations do not typically have a full range of administrative and student services staffed on-site; such services may be provided from the main campus or another campus.


Locations require WSCUC approval prior to implementation, and must be reported to WSCUC within 30 days of operation.