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Welcome to the first of an occasional series of offerings on issues I find to be of interest and importance to our membership.  The following was prompted by essays by Robert Shireman, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, and Peter Ewell, President of the National Center for Higher Education...

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...

Please always visit our website's document list to find a WSCUC document. Search engines and other websites are not reliable sources for our documents, as users will often find outdated content. Thanks! 

WSCUC is proud to announce that 10 of its member institutions have been awarded The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for their outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion:  

Alliant University

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Dr. Geoff Chase has been hired as Vice President effective January 2016. Dr. Chase will oversee a portfolio of institutions and serve as a staff liaison within the WSCUC region.

Dr. Chase was Dean of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU). He served as Accreditation Liaison Officer at SDSU for over 10 years and as team chair, assistant chair, and team member for multiple WSCUC review teams.

Dr. Chase has played key leadership...

At issue for some time has been California’s compliance with the following requirement in federal regulations: “The State must have a process or processes, applicable to all higher education institutions, to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution, including enforcement of applicable State laws.” To resolve this issue, a State Authorization Agreement has now been finalized and will be reflected in California state law, authorizing the Bureau for Private...

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