2023 Handbook General Information
Handbook and Standards Implementation
The Standards and their associated accreditation processes will be mandatory for all institutional reviews taking place after June 30, 2024, with these qualifications:
- Seeking Accreditation Visits 2, 3, or 4 which began under the 2013 Handbook will be conducted under the 2013 Handbook
- Special Visits which were scheduled under the 2013 Handbook will be conducted under the 2013 Handbook
- Institutions may elect to be reviewed under the 2023 Handbook before June 30, 2024 if they so choose. Please consult with the WSCUC staff liaison when making this determination
- Staff liaison consultation and training: All institutions have a professional staff member assigned as a liaison. Staff liaisons are available to conduct training and orientation sessions about the 2023 Handbook and its Standards. Contact your liaison to schedule a time for this session(s).
- Understanding the Standards: This document explains each of the 2023 Standards and their associated Criteria for Review (CFRs), organized by each subsection of the Standards. Included are prompting questions to assist the institution as it conducts its self-study and writes its institutional report. Understanding the Standards complements the explanations contained in the 2023 Handbook and should be used in conjunction with that Handbook.
Understanding the Standards
- At various times during the year, the Commission will offer workshops to assist institutions in preparing for their reviews under the 2023 Handbook. These workshops will be announced on the Commission’s website.
Compliance with WSCUC Standards Worksheet
The 2023 Handbook of Accreditation institutional review process for reaffirmation requires each institution to complete the Compliance with WSCUC Standards Worksheet.Compliance with WSCUC Standards Worksheet
2013 and 2023 Handbooks and Standards
These resource documents provide a comparison of CFRs in the 2013 and 2023 Standards, showing which CFRs best represent/correspond to others, and explain the development of both the 2013 and 2023 Handbooks.2013 to 2023 Comparison 2023 to 2013 Comparison 2013 Handbook 2013 & 2023 Handbooks