Formerly Accredited or Candidate Institutions

A number of institutions were accredited or granted candidacy by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) at one time, but no longer have status with the Commission. Their status may have changed for a number of reasons, including but not limited to closure of the institution, merger with another institution, voluntary withdrawal from candidacy or accreditation by the institution, or termination or withdrawal of candidacy or accreditation by WSCUC. This list does not include institutions that applied for accreditation but withdrew from the process before candidacy or accreditation was granted, or institutions which withdrew or lost their status in the past but have since reapplied and been regranted candidacy or accreditation.

Contact information for transcript requests is given where this is known. WSCUC cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. WSCUC does not hold transcripts for formerly accredited institutions, is not able to process requests for transcripts, and is not able to help in cases where former students are experiencing difficulties in getting transcripts. Please see for additional information about locating transcripts.

Please note that the Commission changed its name in July 2014. Prior to then, it was known as the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Institution Namesort descending Accreditation Status Website Comments Last Accredited
Allied American University Institution Withdrew

Candidate- The institution has demonstrated that it meets all, or nearly all, of the Standards of Accreditation at a minimum level and has a clear plan in place to meet the Standards at a substantial level of compliance for accreditation. Candidacy is limited to four years and is granted only when an institution can demonstrate that it is likely to become accredited during the four-year period. Granted candidacy 2/22/2013. Voluntarily withdrew from candidacy 2/4/2016 and ceased operation at the end of December 2016. For transcripts: 
Ambassador College Candidacy Terminated
Granted candidacy 2/28/75 to the Pasadena campus. Candidacy was terminated 6/30/1978. This campus closed permanently in 1990. For transcripts:
American Armenian International College Institution Withdrew
Granted candidacy 6/30/1986. Candidacy status was extended twice and then withdrawn 6/30/1993 at the request of the institution. University of La Verne handled the teach-out arrangements and may have information about obtaining transcripts, however this is not confirmed.
American Baptist Seminary of the West Institution Withdrew
Accredited April 1973 while located in Covina, CA and terminated 6/30/1975 (reason for termination not recorded.) Institution moved from Covina to Berkeley and candidacy was subsequently granted to the Berkeley campus 2/28/1986. Candidacy was subsequently cancelled at the institution's request effective 6/30/1991. It is now part of the Graduate Theological Union. For transcripts:
Antioch University Los Angeles Institution Withdrew Granted accreditation 6/15/2007 as a separate accreditable institution from Antioch University. Accreditation was voluntarily withdrawn 6/30/2011. The institution was accredited by HLC prior to this and accreditation continues through the HLC as a campus of the Antoch University system. For transcripts:
Antioch University Santa Barbara Institution Withdrew Granted accreditation 6/22/07 as a separate accreditable institution from Antioch University. Accreditation was voluntarily withdrawn 6/30/2011. The institution was accredited by HLC prior to this and accreditation continues through the HLC as a campus of the Antoch University system. For transcripts:
Armstrong College Accreditation Terminated
Accredited 1/31/1963, accreditation terminated 7/1/1990. Armstrong was then accredited by ACICS. BPPVE ( may have transcript information but this is not confirmed.
Azusa Pacific Online University Institution Withdrew
Former name of Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU). Withdrew from candidacy under name APOU in 2014. LAPU was granted accreditation in 2017.
Bethany University Institution Withdrew Accredited 1/31/1966 as Bethany College. Voluntarily withdrew from accreditation 8/12/11. The institution closed at this time. Bethany Transcripts are held by the Student Accounts Office at the District Resource Center, 6051 S. Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95829. Information and a form link are at
Brooks Institute Institution Withdrew Accredited from 1/71963 to 6/30/1985 as Brooks Institute of Photography and then withdrew. Accreditation continued with ACICS. Reapplied for accreditation under the name Brooks Institute and was granted candidacy 6/15/2012. Voluntarily withdrew and ceased operation effective 10/31/2016. Parchment handles transcript and diploma requests. Links to the forms are at
Brooks Institute of Photography Institution Withdrew
See separate entry for Brooks Institute
California College of Podiatric Medicine Accreditation Terminated Accredited in 2/28/61 as California Podiatry College. Commission terminated accreditation 4/30/2001. College subsequently merged with Samuel Merritt College (now Samuel Merritt University) in 2002. For transcripts:
California Graduate Institute Institution Withdrew Granted candidacy 6/27/2008. Voluntarily withdrew 8/28/2008 to become part of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles campus). For transcripts:
California Podiatry College Accreditation Terminated
See entry for California College of Podiatric Medicine 
Church Divinity School of the Pacific Institution Withdrew Accredited 6/30/1978. Voluntarily withdrew from accreditation 10/15/2008. Continues to be accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. For transcripts:
Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles Denied Accreditation
Granted candidacy 6/26/1987. Initial accreditation denied Feb 1994. Candidacy lapsed by Commission effective 6/30/1994. Institution closed in 2011. No information on who holds transcripts.
Coleman University Denied Accreditation Commission denied initial accreditation effective 6/29/2018. University closed 8/5/2018. See for transcript request information.
College for Developmental Studies Accreditation Terminated
Accredited 6/30/1976 (previously accredited by ACCJC). Accreditation terminated 6/30/1991 due to lack of educational programs. For transcripts: Center for Early Education may hold transcripts (not confirmed): phone 323-651-0707
Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Institution Withdrew
A campus of Fresno Pacific University, formerly accredited under the name of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. See separate entry under that name.
Hawaii Loa College Institution Withdrew
Accredited 1/31/1971. Accreditation ended 6/30/1992 when the college merged with Hawaii Pacific University. For transcripts:
Heald College Institution Withdrew
Accredited from 6/24/2013 (previously accredited by ACCJC). College closed April 2015 and accreditation formally ceased 6/1/2015. To obtain transcripts, please contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education through their Transcript Request Email: For additional contact information, go to
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Institution Withdrew Accredited from 10/31/1960. Voluntarily withdrew from accreditation 8/1/11. The college became the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion which is accredited by MSCHE. For transcripts:
Henley-Putnam University Institution Withdrew

Candidate- The institution has demonstrated that it meets all, or nearly all, of the Standards of Accreditation at a minimum level and has a clear plan in place to meet the Standards at a substantial level of compliance for accreditation. Candidacy is limited to four years and is granted only when an institution can demonstrate that it is likely to become accredited during the four-year period. Granted candidacy 6/19/2015. Voluntarily withdrew from candidacy 7/17/2017. Acquired in July 2017 by National American University which is accredited by HLC (information current at 5/2018). For transcripts:
Holy Family College Institution Withdrew
Accredited 6/30/1973. Classes ceased 7/31/86. Accreditation ceased at the request of the institution 6/30/87. For transcripts: Sisters of the Holy Family, Fremont, CA:
Immaculate Heart College Center Accreditation Terminated
Accredited in 1949. Accreditation was terminated 6/30/81. (Date of accreditation and reason for termination not known.) Reapplied in 1996 but did not proceed with the process. The Center apparently closed in 2000. No transcript information available. However, the college was established by the Immaculate Heart Community, which may be able to help:
Intercultural Institute of California Institution Withdrew Granted candidacy 2/20/2004. Withdrew from candidacy 5/31/2008. For transcripts:
Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley Institution Withdrew Accredited 6/30/1971. Accreditation as a separate institution ended 12/9/2009 when it became a campus of Santa Clara University. Accreditation continues through that university. For transcripts:
Lone Mountain College  Institution Withdrew
Accredited as the San Francisco College for Women 2/28/1949. Became known as Lone Mountain College in 1968. College closed and accreditation ended 6/30/1978. The University of San Francisco became custodian of the college's records and also acquired the college, which became the Lone Mountain Campus of USF. For transcripts:
Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Institution Withdrew Accredited 1/31/1972. Voluntarily withdrew 6/18/2010, at which time the institution became a campus of Fresno Pacific University. Name subsequently changed to Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. For transcripts, contact Fresno Pacific University,
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Institution Withdrew
A campus of Middlebury College. Formerly accredited as the Monterey Institute of International Studies. See separate entry under that name.
Monterey Institute of International Studies Institution Withdrew Accredited 10/31/1961. Withdrew from accreditation 3/15/2009, and then became integrated with Middlebury College, VT. Subsequently became known as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Accreditation as part of Middlebury continues under NEASC. For transcripts:
New College for Advanced Christian Studies Institution Withdrew Granted candidacy 6/30/1988. Candidacy lapsed 6/30/95. College is now known as New College Berkeley, affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union. For transcripts:
New College of California Accreditation Terminated Accredited 6/30/1976. Terminated 3/27/2008 with programs in teach-out accredited through 6/30/2008. College subsequently closed. For transcripts: If experiencing difficulties, try Colleen S. O'Neal, Acting Registrar/Records Officer, Law school records were to be transferred to JFKU, but JFKU only received transcripts for the most recent graduates, including 2008 teach-out students. Contact registrar at
Northrop University Institution Withdrew
Accredited 2/28/1960. Institution closed and accreditation ended 2/29/1992. The Institute of Technology was transferred to Rice Aviation, and the corporation's assets to the California Institute of Technology. For transcripts (information dates from 1992): Northrop Student Records, PO Box 60845, Pasadena, CA 91106-6845. Registrar at Caltech may be able to help.
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Institution Withdrew Candidacy granted 2/28/1987. Candidacy apparently lapsed Jun 1990. Became a seminary of California Lutheran University in 2014. For transcripts: California Lutheran University,
Phillips Graduate University Institution Withdrew

Accredited on Show Cause- An Order to Show Cause is a decision by the Commission to terminate the accreditation of the institution within a maximum period of one year from the date of the Order, unless the institution can show cause why such action should not be taken. Such an Order may be issued when an institution is found to be in substantial noncompliance with one or more Commission Standards or, having been placed on Warning or Probation for at least one year, has not been found to have made sufficient progress to come into compliance with the Standards. An Order to Show Cause may also be issued as a summary sanction for unethical institutional behavior (see 'Summary Sanctions for Unethical Institutional Behavior'). In response to the Order, the institution has the burden of proving why its candidacy or accreditation should not be terminated. The institution must demonstrate that it has responded satisfactorily to Commission concerns, has come into compliance with all Commission Standards, and will likely be able to sustain compliance.

The candidate or accredited status of the institution continues during the Show Cause period, but during this period, any new site or degree program initiated by the institution is regarded as a substantive change and requires prior approval. (See the Substantive Change Manual for details.) In addition, the institution may be subject to special scrutiny by the Commission, which may include special conditions and the requirement to submit prescribed reports or receive special visits by representatives of the Commission. Accredited since 1983. Voluntarily withdrew accreditation effective 4/30/19.
Rudolf Steiner College Institution Withdrew Candidacy granted 2/24/2012. Institution withdrew from candidacy 1/12/2017. For transcripts:
Shepherd University Institution Withdrew
Candidacy granted 2/21/2014. School filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 8/14/17. BPPE denied its application to operate as a non-accredited institution and the school closed 12/22/17. Candidacy ceased on that date. Institution did not provide any information on what would happen to student transcripts and there is no longer a working website.
St. John's Seminary College Institution Withdrew Accredited 5/31/1951. College closed 5/3/2003. Accreditation ceased 6/30/05 when the teach-out was complete. For transcripts: St. John's Seminary in California,
St. Joseph's College Institution Withdrew
Accredited in Nov 1954. College closed and accreditation expired 6/30/93. For transcripts: St. Patrick's Seminary,
The National Hispanic University Institution Withdrew Accredited 6/24/2002. College closed and accreditation ended 8/23/2015. For transcripts:
The Sanville Institute Institution Withdrew

Eligible is a status conferred on non-WASC-accredited institutions after an Eligibility Review Committee review; signifies the institution meets basic criteria and in the judgment of the committee has the potential to meet WASC Standards at a minimum level and thus progress to candidacy. 9/2015 Granted eligibility; 8/2018 Withdrew from seeking accreditation, institution closed in 12/2018
University of San Fernando Valley Institution Withdrew
Granted candidacy 6/30/1977. Candidacy ended 6/30/1993 when the institution merged with the University of La Verne. For transcripts: University of La Verne,
Western State University College of Law Institution Withdrew Accredited 6/30/1976. Accreditation ended 4/20/2012 when the institution erged with Argosy University. Is now known as Western State College of Law at Argosy University. For transcripts:
World College West Institution Withdrew
Accreditation granted 6/30/1981. College voluntarily withdrew from accreditation 8/31/92 and subsequently closed. For transcripts (last confirmed 2008): Sonoma State University,