Decisions Regarding Accreditation Status

Commission Decisions Regarding Accreditation Status

The Commission will provide written notice to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, the appropriate state licensing or authorizing agency, other accrediting agencies, WSCUC-accredited and candidate institutions, and the public no later than 30 days after it makes:

  • A decision to grant initial accreditation, candidacy, or reaffirmation.
  • A final decision to place an institution on Warning, Probation, or Show Cause.
  • A final decision to deny or withdraw candidacy or accreditation.
  • Final approval of all substantive and structural changes.

No later than 60 days after a final decision to deny or withdraw accreditation, the Commission will make available to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, the appropriate state licensing or authorizing agency, and the public upon request, a brief statement summarizing the reasons for the agency’s decision.

Institutional Decisions Regarding Accreditation Status

The Commission will, within 30 days, notify the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, the appropriate state licensing or authorizing agency, and the public upon request, if an institution:

  • Voluntarily withdraws from candidacy or accreditation; or
  • Allows its candidacy or accreditation to lapse.

Regard for Decisions of Other Agencies

If the Commission is notified by another recognized accrediting agency that an applicant or candidate institution has had a status of recognition with that agency denied, revoked, or withdrawn, the Commission will take such action into account in its own review if it is determined that the other agency’s action resulted from an institutional deficiency that reflects a lack of compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation.

If the Commission is notified by another recognized accrediting agency that an accredited institution has had a status of recognition with that agency revoked, suspended, or withdrawn, or has been placed on a publicly announced probationary status by such an accrediting agency, the Commission will review its own status of recognition of that institution to determine if the other agency’s action resulted from an institutional deficiency that reflects a lack of compliance with WSCUC’s Standards of Accreditation. If so, the Commission will determine if the institution’s status with the Commission needs to be called into question, or if any follow-up action is needed.

If the Commission is notified by a state agency that an applicant, candidate, or accredited institution has been informed of suspension, revocation, or withdrawal of the institution’s legal authority to provide postsecondary education, the Commission will review its own status of recognition for that institution to determine compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. If the Commission finds the institution is no longer in compliance with the Standards, the Commission will determine the appropriate action to be taken.

In implementing this policy, the Commission relies on other accrediting bodies and state agencies to inform the Commission of their actions so that the Commission can undertake the review specified in this policy. Applicants for eligibility with the Commission shall provide information on any actions by a recognized accrediting association within the past five years. In addition, the Commission requires candidate and accredited institutions holding accredited or candidate status from more than one USDE-recognized accrediting body to keep each accrediting body apprised of any change in its status with one or another accrediting body.