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Credit Hour Policy

A revised version of the Credit Hour Policy was approved by the Commission for circulation to the region for comment. This policy will be considered by the Commission during its November 2018 Meeting.

The policy was revised to include a new preamble explanatory paragraph sharing details about WSCUC’s responsibility to adhere to the United States...

Assessment Leadership Academy

WSCUC welcomed the 9th Cohort into the Assessment Leadership Academy in March. The first in-person meeting was held June 4 – 8 at Holy Names University. The cohort will meet again at Holy Names in July 30 – August 3, continue work through the end of the year, and gather for a final meeting at Cal Poly Pomona in January, 2019. The ALA is a 10-month program designed to assist higher...

ALAMEDA, CA - The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has announced the appointment of seven new commissioners effective July 1, 2018 and the election of two commissioners who filled vacancies during the year.

WSCUC Chair Reed Dasenbrock said, “WSCUC elects commissioners with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences to help advance our mission of rigorous quality assurance and continuous improvement. WSCUC has a long track record of promoting innovation and...

Credit for Prior Learning: Helping Students Complete Degrees More Efficiently and Affordably

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) allows students to earn credit for learning experiences that take place outside the classroom and are the equivalent of college-level work. As a result, students can streamline the educational pathway, avoid redundant or unnecessary courses, and save tuition dollars.

CPL experiences vary, and institutions can assess CPL experiences...

The 2018 Academic Resource Conference (ARC) brought together institutional leaders and stakeholders from across the WSCUC region to discuss strategies and practices to support quality assurance, student success, and institutional improvement

The ARC explored how, in the midst of growing public scrutiny, higher education’s mission and value can be strengthened by embracing a renewed focus on results, dedication to...

The 2018 WSCUC ARC theme FUTURE PERFECT (FP) suggested two possible meanings, and I look forward to learning what the organizers will have correctly taught me. 

My first musing about FP was to dream of a “perfect future” for higher education, specifically for my health sciences institute, Loma Linda University. The second thought was the grammatical meaning of FP: to project myself into the future and look back at an action that will be completed later. Arguably, this tense is central...

As access to higher education becomes more affordable and convenient, an increasing number of “post-traditional” learners are signing up to earn their degrees. 

These learners largely fall outside of what has been the traditional age and stage of 18-22 year olds leaving home for the first time and moving into campus housing for a full-immersion college experience. 

Post-traditional learners may be returning to school after an initial (or second or third) attempt, likely work...

After receiving a ten-year reaffirmation, people kept asking me how I did it. 

“What software did you use?”

“How did you measure quantitative reasoning across all disciplines?”

“Did all your students exceed your learning outcomes?”

They wanted answers. Instead of telling them “This software did everything,” I told them “I tried several softwares, most of which failed.” Instead of “I developed the perfect universal rubric,” I told them “We developed a rubric for...

San Jose State University (SJSU) developed Project Succeed to help improve retention and graduation rates, while also closing the achievement gap for Under-Represented Minorities (URMs).

The program has three major goals: strengthen SJSU’s core academic performance in graduation and retention, provide an improved supportive environment for URM students, and enhance the delivery and integration of academic and co-curricular support services. 

To help achieve these goals, we...

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