Call for Commission Nominations

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) welcomes nominations from persons who are interested in serving, or nominating someone to serve, as a Commissioner. WSCUC Commissioners play important roles in furthering student success and higher education quality and accountability.

Service on the Commission requires a significant commitment of time and effort. The Commission meets three times a year (February, June and November) with each meeting absorbing three days. Preparation for each Commission meeting is substantial, requiring review of team reports and policy materials. Each Commissioner also serves on a Commission Committee, which sometimes involves additional meetings. Commissioners are invited, and find it valuable, to serve occasionally as members of accrediting teams or as team chairs and to attend WSCUC educational programs.

Commissioners are expected to be both open and rigorous in the application of Commission Standards. Institutional Commissioners are drawn from among presidents/CEOs, faculty, and administrators. Because of the diversity of member institutions in terms of size, mission, affiliation and complexity, it is important to have Commissioners who are sensitive to the rich range of institutions served by the Commission and their diverse student bodies. Commissioners do not serve as representatives of any sector, institutional type, or ideology. Prior service on accrediting teams is not required but is valuable and strongly recommended.

Public members of the Commission are persons who are not:

  1. An employee, member of the governing board, owner, or shareholder of, or consultant to, an institution that either is accredited or in candidacy or has applied for accreditation.
  2. A member of any trade association or membership organization related to, affiliated with, or associated with the agency.
  3. A spouse, parent, child, or sibling of an individual who meets the definitions listed above.

WSCUC expects to present a slate of three candidates this year. The top priorities for the Nominating Committee in this cycle are candidates: 

  1. who will contribute to the Commission’s diversity, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, disability status and other underrepresented backgrounds.
  2. with expertise in equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism leadership, pedagogy, scholarship, and programming.
  3. with expertise in financial matters, including institutional financial planning and management;  financial, legal or business analysis relevant to higher education and complex business arrangements, and understanding of financial sustainability.  

In addition, all nominees should have a basic interest in accreditation, be committed to student success in higher education, and demonstrate strong experience, independence, and responsibility.

As a nominator, you must: 

  1. Contact nominee to confirm his/her willingness to serve.​​​​​​
  2. Email the following two items to kmatarrese [at]
      (a) a completed Nomination Form
      (b) the nominee’s curriculum vitae.

The nomination period ends December 31, 2020