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A revision to the Public Disclosure of Accreditation Documents and Commission Actions Policy is being circulated by the Commission to the region for public comment. This policy will be considered by the Commission during the November 2016 Meeting.

This policy describes key documents and Commission decisions related to the accreditation process that are made available to the public on the...

We are pleased to announce that the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate has been approved by the CEOs of the WSCUC-accredited institutions.

Our newly-elected Commissioners are:

1) Cynthia Baum, Chancellor, Argosy University
2) Bethami Dobkin, Provost and Vice President, St. Mary’s College
3) Phillip Doolittle, Executive Vice Chancellor, Brandman University
4) Mildred García, President, California State University, Fullerton
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For the past year, WSCUC has been one of more than 100 organizational co-sponsors of the Connecting Credentials project. The Lumina Foundation is currently conducting a credential survey to learn more about the growing practice of embedding industry and professional certifications within higher education programs. This national survey...

This coming academic year, WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC) is offering a full lineup of educational events designed to support your institution in addressing student success, educational effectiveness, and institutional quality. The complete schedule is HERE. There are several new offerings available; several that have been significantly revised; and a few long-standing favorites. Registration for these...

Over the past two decades, the number and types of graduate programs have increased dramatically. In particular, the development of clinical master’s and doctoral programs, often initiated by changes within the professions, has changed the landscape of higher education. More institutions, including former liberal arts colleges and state universities, have expanded their charters to offer both master’s and doctoral programs. This growth in and diversity among graduate programs requires...

Kristina PowersThe WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristina Powers, associate vice president of institutional research services at Bridgepoint Education, has been selected as a Student Achievement Research Fellow at WSCUC.

As the WSCUC research fellow, Dr....

The revised Proprietary Information Policy and Complaints and Third Party Comments Policy are being circulated by the Commission to the region for public comment. They will be considered for adoption during the June 2016 Commission Meeting.

Please email your comments to: policies@wascsenior.org by May 20, 2016. Click the titles below to view the revised policies.

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The 2016 WSCUC Annual Report period is May 1-31. All eligible, candidate and accredited institutions are required to update and submit annual report sections during this time period.

Changes for 2016

  1. Cohort Default Rates
    The Commission previously collected 2-year and 3-year cohort default rates via the annual report. Starting in 2016 the Commission will reference publicly...

WSCUC is offering two educational workshops in May: 

Moving Beyond Measuring: Integrating Assessment and Evaluation with Planning and Improvement -
May 5, 2016, Mills College,...

After piloting the collection of Graduation Rate Dashboard (GRD) data with approximately 70 institutions in 2014, WSCUC asked all institutions in the region with undergraduate degree programs to submit GRD data during the May 2015 annual reporting process. WSCUC staff continue to work with institutions to improve the accuracy of GRD data, and to learn and collaborate on how this new method can be used to understand and support the effectiveness of student success efforts. Institutions will...

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