Part IV: Commission Decisions On Institutions

The Commission serves as the decision-making and policy-setting body of WSCUC. The Commission is responsible for determining the action taken for eligibility, candidacy, initial accreditation and reaffirmation of accreditation of institutions being reviewed. Following the visit, the Commission reviews the accreditation history of an institution, institutional report and exhibits, the evaluation team’s report, the response, if any, of the institution to the evaluation team report, any comments made by the institution’s representatives to the Commission subsequent to the evaluation team report, and any other pertinent documents. It bases its decisions on the evaluation of the evidence before it. Institutional representatives have the opportunity to come before the Commission during the panel deliberations prior to Commission action.

The Commission may reaffirm accreditation for a period of 6, 8 or 10 years, or impose a sanction or other conditions, in accordance with the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation. Once the Commission has made a decision regarding the accreditation of an institution, it notifies the institution in the form of an action letter as promptly as possible, but no later than 30 days from the Commission meeting. Action letters may contain special conditions, limits, or restrictions, which the institution is expected to follow in order to maintain accreditation. Examples include, but are not limited to: requiring Progress Reports, Interim Reports or Special Visits; and placing restrictions on the initiation of new degree programs, the opening of additional sites, or enrollment growth. Following Commission actions, all action letters and team reports are made publicly available on the WSCUC website. A report of Commission actions is published and distributed following Commission meetings, and each institution’s status is noted on the Commission website, in the Member Directory. Evaluation team reports for Comprehensive Reviews and Special Visits, as well as the Commission action letters, are also made public on the WSCUC website. (See the Policy on Disclosure of Accreditation Documents and Commission Actions).

Forms of Possible Commission Action
The forms of possible Commission action with regard to institutions include:

1. Grant Candidacy or Initial Accreditation
2. Deny Candidacy or Initial Accreditation
3. Defer Action
4. Reaffirm Accreditation
5. Issue a Formal Notice of Concern
6. Issue a Sanctiona. Warningb. Probationc. Show Cause 
7. Withdraw Candidacy or Accreditation

In taking an action, the Commission may impose conditions or request additional reporting or site visits.