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Dear Colleagues:

Let me begin with a note of sympathy for our campus communities affected by the Borderline ‘College Night’ shooting, California wildfires, and Northern Marianas typhoon. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday just past, we give thanks for the many campus and community members who provided comfort and support to those affected by these tragedies.

The national conversation on higher education has accelerated since the U.S. Department of Education this...

Retroactive Accreditation Date Procedure

In a change from previous guidance, the US Department of Education stated on June 25, 2018, that accrediting agencies could establish a retroactive accreditation date for institutions granted Initial Accreditation.  The Commission approved a procedure to set a retroactive accreditation date by adding language in the How to Become Accredited handbook.  The new language states that the...

Conflict of Interest Policy

Following circulation to the region for comment, a revised version of the Conflict of Interest Policy, was approved by the Commission during its June 2018 Meeting. After additional legal review, the Executive Committee of the Commission approved the policy in September 2018.

The policy has been updated...

Reapplication after Denial of Candidacy or Initial Accreditation Policy

A revised version of the Reapplication after Denial of Candidacy or Initial Accreditation Policy has been approved by the Commission for circulation to the region for comment. This policy will be considered by the Commission during its February 2019 Meeting.

The policy has been...

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) president Jamienne Studley testified before the U.S. Department of Education during a hearing on the department’s plans to reexamine several higher education regulations and policies that relate to accreditation through a negotiated rulemaking process.

Ms. Studley offered insight on the role of accrediting commissions, and the importance of ensuring accreditors have ample information necessary to make appropriate judgements on...

Dear colleague in the WSCUC community:

I hope this is one summer when you are able to make headway on your “I’ll do it over the summer” list, or at least that things are falling into place nicely for the coming academic year.

I’ve just crossed my six-month mark as WSCUC President and my keywords are “learning curve” and “questions”. It’s a privilege to work with and learn from our members, commissioners, and staff. I am eager to find out how WSCUC can be more effective,...

Henry Hernandez, at WSCUC for more than a decade and currently CIO, helped pioneer our Graduation Rate Dashboard and benchmarking projects, while pursuing important collaborations with accreditors, federal agencies, and researchers. Henry has contributed significantly to WSCUC’s policy, operations and technology innovations and provided leadership in improving the agency's...

Accreditation Liaison Officer Policy

A revised version of the Accreditation Liaison Officer Policy was approved by the Commission during its June 2018 Meeting.

The Accreditation Liaison Officer Policy has been updated after receiving multiple comments from the region including ALOs during a session at the April 2018 Academic Resource Conference. Revisions clarify expectations about...

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