WSCUC accreditation aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community and the general public that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.
In June 2023, the Commission adopted a new Handbook of Accreditation with revised Standards and decided that the 2023 Handbook will be effective for all accreditation reviews that begin after September 1, 2024. Thus, for a period of time the Commission and member institutions will need to work with two Handbooks, depending on when a review takes place and which Handbook (and its Standards) applies. Member institutions should consult with their vice president/staff liaison if they are unclear about which Handbook should be used for an institutional review.
This webpage will be updated quarterly as the Commission gains experience working with dual Handbooks.
The 2013 Handbook was revised in 2015, edited in 2018, and updated in November 2021.
The 2023 Handbook was approved by the Commission in June of 2023 and contains the new standards adopted by the Commission the prior year. The new handbook documents the new standards and provides addition information on the Institutional Reaffirmation Process and the forms of actions taken by the Commission.
Can I use the new Handbook and its Standards before fall 2024?
Are there major differences between the 2013 and 2023 Handbooks?
Will reviews that take place after the 2023 Handbook is effective, but scheduled under the 2013 Handbook, use the 2023 or 2013 Standards?
Where can I get training on the new Handbook?
Will there be workshops for institutions on the 2023 Handbook?
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