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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...

Credit Hour Policy

A revised version of the Credit Hour Policy was approved by the Commission for circulation to the region for comment. This policy will be considered by the Commission during its November 2018 Meeting.

The policy was revised to include a new preamble explanatory paragraph sharing details about WSCUC’s responsibility to adhere to the United States...

Assessment Leadership Academy

WSCUC welcomed the 9th Cohort into the Assessment Leadership Academy in March. The first in-person meeting was held June 4 – 8 at Holy Names University. The cohort will meet again at Holy Names in July 30 – August 3, continue work through the end of the year, and gather for a final meeting at Cal Poly Pomona in January, 2019. The ALA is a 10-month program designed to assist higher...

ALAMEDA, CA - The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has announced the appointment of seven new commissioners effective July 1, 2018 and the election of two commissioners who filled vacancies during the year.

WSCUC Chair Reed Dasenbrock said, “WSCUC elects commissioners with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences to help advance our mission of rigorous quality assurance and continuous improvement. WSCUC has a long track record of promoting innovation and...

Credit for Prior Learning: Helping Students Complete Degrees More Efficiently and Affordably

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) allows students to earn credit for learning experiences that take place outside the classroom and are the equivalent of college-level work. As a result, students can streamline the educational pathway, avoid redundant or unnecessary courses, and save tuition dollars.

CPL experiences vary, and institutions can assess CPL experiences...

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