Part III: WSCUC Quality Assurance

Multiple Approaches

The Commission has put in place multiple approaches to quality assurance. Standing committees focus on specific aspects of institutional functioning. These committees are staffed by individuals with appropriate expertise and experience. The institutional review process (IRP) for reaffirmation of accreditation, described in detail in the following section of this Handbook, is at the heart of WSCUC’s quality-assurance processes. In addition, all WSCUC- accredited institutions submit detailed annual reports and information for a Mid-Cycle Review. Under some circumstances, special visits and/or interim reports may also be requested.

Standing Committees

WSCUC currently has three standing committees:

  • The Eligibility Review Committee (ERC) conducts reviews of the applications received from institutions seeking WSCUC accreditation to determine whether an institution has the potential to meet the Standards and other requirements.
  • The Interim Report Committee (IRC) reviews interim reports and supporting documents, following up on recommendations that have been made in a Commission action letter or previous interim report.
  • The Substantive Change Committee (SCC) reviews proposals for changes that may significantly affect an institution’s quality, objectives, scope, or control. Federal regulations and Commission policies require prior approval of institutional substantive changes in degree programs, methods of delivery, and organizational changes.

The committees are comprised of representatives of institutions in the region who are appointed by the President and/or executive staff of WSCUC.

Educational Programming

WSCUC offers educational programming including the annual Academic Resource Conference (ARC) to assist institutions in developing expertise in areas relevant to the Standards. Educational programming is entirely optional and offers a useful and supportive way to build human capital and maintain the momentum for institutional effectiveness. Information on educational programming may be found at