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WSCUC’s Peer Benchmarking Pilot Project identifies national peer groups for WSCUC institutions and methods to use these peer groups for benchmarking institutions as part of the accreditation review process. Learn more about the project here.

Updated February 2, 2021

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 spring and summer terms beginning January 1, 2021. This temporary distance authorization is valid for any term that occurs prior to the fall 2021 term. An institution is not obligated to deliver instruction in the distance education modality with...

During September-October 2020, WSCUC conducted a brief survey on the impact of the pandemic on WSCUC member institutions, both domestic and international. The survey was sent to the Accreditation Liaison Officers and CEOs of all WSCUC accredited institutions. The goal of the survey was to understand how institutions and the region have adapted to the many challenges generated by the pandemic. 

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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,...

The public was invited to observe the Commission’s public meeting on Friday February 19, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM PST via a webinar. The recording of the public meeting is available here.

The public meeting may include the following reports:

  • Audit Committee
  • Finance & Operations Committee
  • Accreditation...

Updated September 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...

On July 14 the Department of Homeland Security rescinded its July 6 directive and July 7 FAQs, returning to the status quo in the March 9 SEVP guidance and March 13 addendum.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...

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