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June 4, 2020

We typically think of history as something that happens in other places, in other times, to other people.  We live in the present, not in history.  Yet there are times when the present becomes history, there are moments that are truly historical in that the choices made at those moments will determine the future direction of a community, a nation, the world.  We are in one of those moments, and the last...

In a recent op-ed in The Hechinger Report, WSCUC President Jamienne S. Studley and Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, describe the disparities in access to distance education and the steps that policymakers can take to shrink the digital divide:

“…the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K...

The 2020 WSCUC Annual Report, located in the AMP, will be open from May 1 - June 30, 2020. All eligible, candidate and accredited institutions are required to update and submit annual report information during this time period. 

We will hold orientation webinars on May 1, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm PDT and May 26, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT to demonstrate the submission process and answer your questions....

The public was invited to observe the Commission’s public meeting on Friday June 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT via a webinar. The recording of the public meeting is available here.

The public meeting includes the following reports:

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

WSCUC announced on May 26 that fall site visits will be conducted virtually, allowing institutions and WSCUC staff to plan ahead for effective visits. See President Studley’s letter announcing the decision.

In recognition of the uncertainty postsecondary institutions face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education has extended the current guidance related to distance education review requirements through December 31, 2020.  The Department of Education’s March 5, 2020 guidance and subsequent April 3, 2020 and now May 15, 2020 “UPDATED Guidance for...

Data in a Time of Crisis – Adaptations and Innovations

WSCUC continues the series of events to connect our community and learn together. Mark your calendar for Making It Real: Data in a Time of Crisis – Adaptations and Innovations taking place on Thursday, May 14 from 12:00 to 12:45 PT. WSCUC President Jamienne S....

State of the Community with President Studley

Watch the webinar recording or read the full text (with photos) of President Studley's State of the Community address.  A text-only version of the President's address is also ...

In the spirit of its core principles -- putting student success front and center and honoring institutional mission and diversity – WSCUC  Commissioners decided February 14 to consider applications from WSCUC-accredited and affiliated institutions that could result in WSCUC’s accrediting institutions in states outside its current and historic geographic scope (California, Hawaii, and American territories in the Pacific).  

Chair Reed Dasenbrock and President Jamienne S. Studley wrote...

Recognizing the uncertainty surrounding postsecondary institutions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) submitted a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education to extend current guidance related to distance education review requirements through the 2020-21 academic school year.  The...

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