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WSCUC congratulates Pres. Joseph Castro on his appointment as CSU Chancellor, and thanks Chancellor White for his leadership.

President Castro has served as a WSCUC Commissioner since 2017. We value his insights, collegiality, and many contributions to WSCUC, CSU Fresno, and earlier to the UC System, and wish him the very best as CSU Chancellor.

Chancellor Tim White,...

September 3, 2020

WSCUC institutions may seek authorization for their programs currently approved only for on-site instruction to be delivered in the distance education modality due to disruptions from Covid-19 for terms beginning between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. An institution is not obligated to deliver instruction in the distance education modality with this authorization and may revert to on-site instruction if it chooses to do so without prior...

Updated 9/16/2020

WSCUC is seeking comments by September 28 on proposed changes to three important policies -- substantive change, credit hour, and teach out plans and agreements. All three have been impacted by changes in federal regulations that took effect on July 1, 2020. Click the links below for more information about each policy. Please send comments to policies [at...

On July 14 the Department of Homeland Security rescinded its July 6 directive and July 7 FAQs, returning to the status quo in the March 9 SEVP guidance and March 13 addendum. "Rescission of this horrendous rule just in the nick of time is a victory for students, and for institutions that can now work on managing their programs to protect health and education. It is also a victory for national concerted action and for the rule of law. Institutions spent untold hours of worry and effort that...

In July 2019, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) announced its decision to re-open international accreditation. WSCUC is enthusiastic about this on-going opportunity to expand our global community and to learn from institutions around the world.

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 8:00 – 10:00 am PDT WSCUC hosted webinar to...

June 29, 2020

We are excited to announce the election of five new commissioners who will begin their service to WSCUC on July 1, 2020.
  
The new commissioners are: 

  • Lauren J. Asher, Independent Consultant, former President, The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS...

July 1, 2020 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) today announced Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) President Belle S. Wheelan will serve as chair of the organization effective July 1, 2020.  Jamienne S. Studley, president of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), will serve as vice chair.

Dr. Wheelan, who will serve...

Because we were not able to host the Annual Resource Conference (ARC) this year and offer the Eligibility workshop there, WSCUC will offer the Eligibility workshop as an online webinar on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am PDT. Vice President Maureen Maloney and Associate Vice President David Chase will provide an overview of the process and Eligibility requirements; this webinar is free and will meet the requirement to attend a WSCUC-sponsored workshop in order...

June 4, 2020

We typically think of history as something that happens in other places, in other times, to other people.  We live in the present, not in history.  Yet there are times when the present becomes history, there are moments that are truly historical in that the choices made at those moments will determine the future direction of a community, a nation, the world.  We are in one of those moments, and the last...

In a recent op-ed in The Hechinger Report, WSCUC President Jamienne S. Studley and Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, describe the disparities in access to distance education and the steps that policymakers can take to shrink the digital divide:

“…the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K...

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