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March 6, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is a concern to the entire WSCUC community. We have received inquiries for Commission advice about a variety of topics, including continuing academic operations, WSCUC institutional visits and reviews, and ARC2020. We are monitoring new information and developments and will post updates to our website.

The WSCUC membership includes institutions across the globe, in areas with different levels of health alerts...

Commission Policy Update - Policy Changes

 

Institutional Litigation Policy

Following circulation to the region for comment, a revised version of the Institutional Litigation Policy has been approved by the Commission during its...

News coverage and other responses to WSCUC’s announcement that it decided to broaden its reach was positive, affirming the Commission’s decision as a smart move for students and institutions.

In an...

In a new column entitled, “Can there be national progress on postsecondary learning?’, Inside Higher Education’s Doug Lederman examines tough questions about teaching and learning.

Lederman spoke with WSCUC president Jamienne Studley about the role accreditors play in helping institutions establish and meet goals for student learning, and noted in his column that “accrediting agencies (collectively, though with some variation) have...

Policy Changes: Seeking Public Comments

Institutional Litigation Policy

A revised version of Matters under Litigation Policy has been approved by the Commission for circulation to the region for comment and will be considered by the Commission at its February 2020 meeting.  This policy requires...

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) today announced the hiring of two new vice presidents, effective January 2020, who will advance the Commission’s work to assure quality in postsecondary education, Dr. Stephanie Bond Huie and Dr. Susan B. Opp.


“Dr. Huie and Dr. Opp embody WSCUC’s commitment to student success, institutional improvement, and rigorous standards,” WSCUC President Jamienne S. Studley said. “We’re...

The Lumina Foundation’s Quality Credentials Task Force recently released a new report entitled Unlocking the Nation’s Potential: A Model to Advance Quality and Equity in Education Beyond High School. The report calls for a coordinated national response to defining and assuring the quality of postsecondary programs while eliminating inequities in access to programs that lead to earning quality credentials...

A new Inside Higher Ed article on the growing demand for data-driven accountability in postsecondary education features an interview with WSCUC president Jamienne Studley about the Commission’s work to improve the quality of the conversation about student success. 

Recently, WSCUC was...

What a perfect day for WSCUC to announce a significant grant from the Lumina Foundation to “advance data-driven inquiry” and “deepen the quality of conversations at the heart of our accreditation decisions and improvement process.” Read the press release

Earlier this week, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the National Association of...

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has been awarded $745,000 by Lumina Foundation to support strategic initiatives to expand effective use of results in accreditation; promote student protections and information; and better understand, monitor, and support financial health and new business models. 

WSCUC President Jamienne S. Studley said, “Our focus is on building momentum and tools for results-driven accreditation. We are grateful for Lumina’s...

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