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Given we’ve just recently moved, I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked “So, what do you do working at Cal Poly?”  

Now begins my instantaneous internal conversation… How to I respond?  Where do I start?  What is their knowledge level of higher education or assessment?  Do I have the time to do this now?

Then my typical response: “I’m the Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Research.”  

At this point, they typically insert blank stare and “Woah, that’s a...

Public universities are among the most important and influential institutions in our society.  In the best of cases, public universities positively influence society through education of the next generation of leaders and the creation of new knowledge from research programs.  But how do public universities ensure that they are appropriately reflecting the values and priorities of those they serve?  And what if the public is conflicted about which values and priorities are most important?...

Since completing a college degree is vital to moving to a higher socioeconomic level, access to higher education is paramount. WSCUC and other accreditors have always maintained a strong focus on access to education. More recently, however, we are also dedicating significant attention to outcomes and measures of educational effectiveness, including retention, graduation and achievement of learning outcomes.

Higher education has a bad rap these days, and, to some extent, this is...

ALAMEDA, CA – The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) will host its 10th annual Academic Resource Conference (ARC) April 25 - 27 in Burlingame, California. At a moment of intense expectations and significant challenges for higher education, the conference brings together institutional leaders and stakeholders from across the region to discuss strategies and practices to support quality assurance, student success, and...

The WSCUC annual reporting portal will be open from May 1 - May 31, 2018. All eligible, candidate and accredited institutions are required to update and submit annual report information during this time period. ALOs will receive complete login instructions via email during the last week of April.

Minor revisions have been made to the for-profit financial indicators.

We will hold orientation webinars on May 2, 2018, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT and May 3, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm...

The Institutions within Systems Governance Guide has been approved to accompany the Accreditation Reviews for Institutions within a System Policy, to provide assistance to institutions and reviewers of institutions within systems regarding interpretation of governance issues. With input from Commissioners and WSCUC staff, this guide was discussed at the November 2017 meeting and edited following...

Conflict of Interest Policy

A revised version of the Conflict of Interest Policy, has been approved by the Commission for circulation to the region for comment. This policy will be considered by the Commission during its June 2018 Meeting.

WSCUC takes its Conflict of Interest policy very seriously. The policy has been updated with respect to disclosing potential...

Assessment Leadership Academy

The 8th cohort of WSCUC’s Assessment Leadership Academy gathered at Cal Poly Pomona January 18 and 19 for their final meeting, and the group has completed the program. There are now more than 250 graduates of the ALA and preparations are underway to welcome the 9th cohort in 2018-2019.

Educational Programs Workshops

In January and February, Educational Programs hosted four workshops in Southern California....

ALAMEDA, CA – WSCUC President and CEO Jamienne S. Studley issued a statement following the release of a new Council of Regional Accreditors (C-RAC) report summarizing the findings from a year-long review of institutions with the lowest federal graduation rates:

Accountability for student success is a top priority in our work to assure...

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