Frequently Asked Questions
What is accreditation?
Why is accreditation important?
What is WSCUC?
What does an accreditor do?
Why is WSCUC accreditation relevant to students?
What kind of information about its accredited schools is on WSCUC’s website?
How can someone find out if a college or university is accredited by WSCUC?
If a college or university becomes accredited after a student attends and/or graduates, what is the impact on credits or a degree?
How can a former student get their transcripts or degree verified if a college or university loses accreditation, stops enrolling new students, and closes?
Does WSCUC determine whether or not credits can be transferred to another institution?
What is the difference between an institution being accredited and being licensed?
Does WSCUC accept complaints or comments about institutions it accredits?
Can someone other than an employee or student file a complaint on their behalf?
This form is used to submit a complaint to WSCUC and includes the submission instructions and links to relevant policy documents.
WSCUC has two established means for receiving comments from concerned stakeholders about its member institutions: complaints and third-party comments. This document describes the WSCUC policy related to complaints and third-party comments as it pertains to member institutions and other parties in the process.
For financial aid issues, please contact the Federal Student Aid Office of the Ombudsman at 1-877-557-2575, or review this resource.
This policy describes the Commission’s responsibility to notify the Secretary of Education of proposed changes in policies, procedures, or accreditation standards that would alter its status or scope of recognition or might alter compliance with the criteria for recognition.