Statement of Accreditation Status
University of the West

1409 Walnut Grove Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
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, June 23, 2017
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.

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.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Vanessa Karam Chief Student Services Officer vanessak [at]
Board of Directors Chair Hsin Bau Shih Chair of the Board of Trustees bot [at]
Chief Academic Officer Jane Iwamura Chief Academic Officer janei [at]
Chief Executive Officer Minh-Hoa Ta President mhta [at]
Chief Financial Officer Amy Chong Chief Financial Officer amyc [at]
Director Institutional Research Shusaku Horibe Institutional Research Analyst shusakuh [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Buddhist Chaplaincy Masters 2009 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Business Administration Masters 1997 On-Site
Doctor of Buddhist Ministry Professional Doctorate 2015 On-Site
Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies Research Doctorate 1999 On-Site
Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies (Emphasis in Buddhist Studies) Research Doctorate 1999 On-Site
English Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Graduate Business Certificate Non-degree 2003 On-Site
Liberal Arts Bachelors 2010 On-Site
Master of Arts in Religious Studies Masters 1991 On-Site
Post MBA Certificate Non-degree 2003 On-Site
Professional Master of Business Administration Masters 1999 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Psychology Masters 2009 On-Site
TESOL Certificate Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Undergraduate Business Certificate Non-degree 2003 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2021 Offsite Review
Spring 2022 Accreditation Visit

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