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July 20, 2021

Policy Changes

Sharing Information with Other Agencies and Regard for their Decisions Policy

Following circulation to the membership for comment, this policy was approved by the Commission during its June 2021 meeting and is posted on the WSCUC website. This policy was revised to incorporate new federal regulations, to clarify...

July 16, 2021

The Commission approved a new WSCUC Statement of Commitment to Equity & Inclusion on June 25, expressing WSCUC’s responsibilities and commitment and issuing a call to action to higher education and accreditors. The statement, developed by the new WSCUC Equity & Inclusion Council, builds on WSCUC’s May 2020...

July 16, 2021

Equity & inclusion, evidence and improvement, and national and global reach are the centerpieces of WSCUC’s new Strategic Goals and Objectives to advance quality and student success. The three enduring goals, adopted by the Commission on June 25, will be accomplished through a set of objectives and specific activities organized around standards development, education, advocacy and communication, accreditation policy and process, governance, and...

July 13, 2021

Alameda, CA - WSCUC is proud to thank four departing commissioners and to announce the election of six new commissioners who began their three-year terms on July 1, 2021.

WSCUC recognizes four outgoing commissioners who concluded their tenure on June 30, 2021. Chair Phillip Doolittle said, “We are very grateful for the service of these excellent commissioners. They each contributed to significant projects and brought important perspectives to...

Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education: Diverse Approaches to Addressing Accreditation Standards foregrounds innovative and student-focused approaches to assessing student learning and leveraging institutional accreditation standards at institutions around the country.

A chapter by Dr. Dan Shapiro, Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at WSCUC-accredited California State University Monterey Bay, describes approaches to...

In an episode of Inside Higher Ed's podcast The Key, WSCUC President Jamienne Studley and other guests discuss how to define and measure higher education's return on investment, including how equity and quality are inseparable. Listen to the episode here.

The public is invited to observe the Commission’s public meeting on Friday June 25, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT via a webinar. 

The public meeting may include the following reports:

  • Audit Committee
  • Finance & Operations Committee
  • Accreditation Policy & Procedures Committee
  • Structural Change Committee
  • ACCJC representative 
  • ACS representative
  • ...

May 12, 2021

WSCUC applauds the Postsecondary Value Commission for advancing the conversation about public and individual value of higher education, and especially for underlining boldly that equity and evidence matter.

One of WSCUC’s priority initiatives, “Better Conversations, Better Data,” supported by The Lumina Foundation, aligns with the PVC report in focusing on using data in the accreditation process to better understand whether institutions are...

April 30, 2021

Read President Studley’s opening speech to ARC2021, the WSCUC annual meeting, here.

Read Pres. Studley’ s opening speech to ARC2021...

March 31, 2021

Using a simple attestation process, WSCUC institutions may seek authorization for their programs currently approved only for on-site instruction to be delivered by remote delivery due to disruptions from Covid-19 for fall terms beginning by December 31, 2021. Further explanation and the form for seeking authorization are here. An institution is not obligated to...

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