Statement of Accreditation Status
Institute of Buddhist Studies

2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States
Telephone: 
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.

Accredited
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.

2017
First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

2019
Undergraduate FTE: 
0
Graduate FTE: 
10
Financial Structure Type

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

Non-Profit
Sponsorship

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

Other
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.

Semester
Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
No
 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Scott Mitchell Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs scott [at] shin-ibs.edu
Board of Directors Chair Gerald Sakamoto Board Chair unsui [at] fogbank.com
Chief Academic Officer Scott Mitchell Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs scott [at] shin-ibs.edu
Chief Executive Officer David Matsumoto President and CEO drmatsumoto [at] shin-ibs.edu
Chief Financial Officer Linda Shiozaki Director of Finance lshiozaki [at] shin-ibs.edu
Director Institutional Research Scott Mitchell Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs scott [at] shin-ibs.edu
Degree Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Certificate in Buddhism and Contemporary Psychology Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Certificate in Buddhist Studies Non-degree 2019 Distance Education
Certificate in Shin Buddhist Studies Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Certificate in Shin Buddhist Studies (Online) Non-degree 2020 Distance Education
Certificate in Sōtō Zen Buddhist Studies Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Certificate in Theravada Buddhist Studies Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Master of Arts Masters 1986 On-Site
Master of Buddhist Studies Masters 1996 On-Site
Master of Divinity Masters 2012 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2021 Interim Report

Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern.

Spring 2023 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 2025 Offsite Review
Fall 2025 Accreditation Visit

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