Statement of Accreditation Status
California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, February 14, 2020
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Multi-institution System
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Debra Jackson Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Academic Programs djackson9 [at]
Board of Directors Chair Lillian Kimbell Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CSU trusteesecretariat [at]
Chief Academic Officer Vernon Harper Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs vharper [at]
Chief Executive Officer Lynnette Zelezny President lzelezny [at]
Chief Financial Officer Thom Davis Vice President for Business and Administrative Services tdavis31 [at]
Director Institutional Research Monica Malhotra Interim Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment mmalhotra1 [at]
OPEID Location Namesort descending City Location Type Status
00799301 Antelope Valley Lancaster Branch Campus Active
00799300 California State University Bakersfield Bakersfield Main Campus Active
00799302 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita Additional Active
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Administration Masters 1974 On-Site
Administration Masters 2002 Distance Education
Agricultural Business Bachelors 2014 On-Site
Anthropology Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Art Bachelors 1989 On-Site
Biochemistry Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Biology Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Biology Masters 2006 On-Site
BPA Professional Development Certificate Non-degree 2019 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Business Administration Masters 1976 On-Site
Chemistry Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Child Adolescent & Family Studies Bachelors 1978 On-Site
Communications Bachelors 1998 On-Site
Communications Bachelors 2019 Distance Education
Computer Engineering Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Computer Science Bachelors 1987 On-Site
Counseling Masters 1989 On-Site
Counseling Psychology Masters 1998 On-Site
Criminal Justice Bachelors 1974 On-Site
Economics Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Education Masters 1973 On-Site
Education Masters 2003 Distance Education
Educational Leadership Professional Doctorate 2014 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Bachelors 2012 On-Site
Engineering Sciences Bachelors 2012 On-Site
English Bachelors 1970 On-Site
English Masters 1974 On-Site
Environmental Resource Management Bachelors 1998 Distance Education
Environmental Resource Management Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Geology Bachelors 1981 On-Site
Geology Masters 1989 On-Site
History Bachelors 1970 On-Site
History Masters 1973 On-Site
Human Biological Sciences Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Kinesiology Masters 2020 Distance Education
Kinesiology Bachelors 1978 On-Site
Liberal Studies Bachelors 1995 On-Site
Master of Business Administration Masters 2018 Distance Education
Master of Social Work Masters 2018 Distance Education
Mathematics Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Music Bachelors 1993 On-Site
Natural Science Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Nursing Bachelors 2010 Distance Education
Nursing Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Nursing Masters 1987 On-Site
Philosophy Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Physics Bachelors 1983 On-Site
Political Science Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Public Administration Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Public Administration Masters 1978 On-Site
Religious Studies Bachelors 1989 On-Site
Social Work Masters 2000 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 2019 Distance Education
Sociology Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Spanish Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Spanish Masters 2003 On-Site
Theatre Bachelors 1993 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2023 Special Visit
Spring 2024 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Spring 2027 Offsite Review
Fall 2027 Accreditation Visit

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