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University of the West

1409 Walnut Grove Ave

Rosemead, CA 91770

United States

Telephone: 626-571-8811


Staff Liaison:Each institution is assigned a staff liaison who is their primary point of contact for accreditation activities. Mark Goor

Student Achievement URL:WSCUC Standards require that institutions regularly generate, evaluate, and make public data about student achievement, including measures of retention, and graduation, and evidence of student learning.

Current Accreditation Status:Accredited - Reflects the Commission's finding that the institution is in compliance with the Standards. Accredited

Most Recent Commission Action: December 16, 2022

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. 2002

First Accredited:Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC. 2006

Undergraduate FTE: 61

Graduate FTE: 94

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. No Related Entity

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: Yes

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Accreditation Liaison OfficerVanessa KaramChief Student Services
Board of Directors ChairHsin Bau ShihChair of the Board of
Chief Academic OfficerJane IwamuraChief Academic
Chief Executive OfficerMinh-hoa
Chief Financial OfficerAmy ChongChief Financial
Director Institutional ResearchShruti PiduriInstitutional Research & Effectiveness
OPEIDNameCityLocation TypeStatus
03696300University of the WestRosemeadMain CampusActive
DegreeDegree LevelYear ImplementedModality
Buddhist ChaplaincyMasters2009On-Site
Business AdministrationBachelors1999On-Site
Business AdministrationMasters1997On-Site
Doctor of Buddhist MinistryProfessional Doctorate2015On-Site
Doctor of Philosophy in Religious StudiesResearch Doctorate1999On-Site
Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies (Emphasis in Buddhist Studies)Research Doctorate1999On-Site
Graduate Business CertificateNon-degree2003On-Site
Liberal ArtsBachelors2010On-Site
Master of Arts in Buddhist Spiritual CareMasters2023Distance Education
Master of Arts in Religious StudiesMasters1991On-Site
Post MBA CertificateNon-degree2003On-Site
Professional Master of Business AdministrationMasters1999On-Site
TESOL CertificateNon-degree2015On-Site
Undergraduate Business CertificateNon-degree2003On-Site
SeasonYearReview Type
Spring2025Interim Report
Fall2027Offsite Review
Spring2028Accreditation Visit