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After careful consideration, the Commission has authorized the development of a “Focused Accreditation Pathway,” a variant to the current review process for reaffirmation of accreditation.  This new pathway, while as rigorous as the current institutional review process, will be a streamlined version of the Offsite Review and Accreditation Visit.  A working group has been formed, consisting of Commissioners and representatives from the region, to develop a proposal for this new pathway that...

The Commission has approved the WASC Senior College and University Commission Strategic Plan 2017-2019. Based in large part on the feedback received from representative member institution in focus groups last summer, this plan’s three major strategic priorities are the umbrella for goals and projects related to stakeholder partnerships in support of institutional improvement, increased effectiveness and efficiency in our policies...

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...

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