Announcements

Aug 08, 2014

Submit a proposal for the 2015 ARC, which will take place April 22 – 24, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. This year's ARC theme is Student Success: Higher Ed's Imperative. The conference will focus on ensuring student success and making clearer for ourselves and others the relationship between individual student success and the value of higher education in serving broad societal goals. Learn more HERE 

Jul 21, 2014

On July 3, 2014, Corinthian Colleges, the parent company of Heald College, an institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education on “a transition plan to protect and address the needs of its affected students.”  

The agreement, which took effect July 8, 2014, outlines a plan to help enrolled students continue their studies with minimal disruption. 

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Jul 11, 2014

At its June 2014 meeting, the Commission approved the following mission statement:

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (”the Commission”) is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages...

Jul 11, 2014

William A. LadusawLike most faculty, I had little understanding of regional accreditation before inheriting the job of “ALO” when I became undergraduate dean at UC Santa Cruz in 2004 in the middle of our reaccreditation review. Since then, I’ve learned a lot through campus experience and service as a peer reviewer. I’ve also come to appreciate...

Jul 11, 2014

During its June 2014 meeting, the Commission approved a new process for institutions seeking Initial Accreditation by WSCUC.

The new process was developed based on recommendations from the Eligibility Review Committee, the Commission’s Policy and Planning Committee, and WSCUC staff.

Under the new process, it will be possible for an institution to be granted Initial Accreditation after one evaluation team visit if the institution is confirmed by the Commission to be in...

Jul 10, 2014

As part of the 2014 WSCUC Annual Report institutions were required to report a URL where information about student achievement is made public. The requirement to report this information is in response to expectations that are articulated in the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation,...

Jul 10, 2014

We are happy to announce that the wascsenior.org website now includes a number of new features to help institutions and members of the public.

The WSUC Directory of institutions now provides:

  • Search and Export features for Institutions, Degrees and Locations. 
  • Detailed location maps  are provided for each institution and the locations in operation.
  • Electronic forms to report the implementation of new...
Jul 01, 2014

July 1, 2014- As previously reported, WSCUC has had a moratorium in place for the past several months on accepting new applications from institutions located in other countries.

During its June meeting, the Commission devoted considerable time to reviewing its international work to date and assessing its next steps, all within the context of WSCUC’s mission. As a result of these discussions, the Commission has confirmed its current obligations in international work, expressed...

Jun 10, 2014

WSCUC member institutions have been invited to participate in a regional pilot of a new reporting methodology, the Undergraduate Student Success and Graduation Rate Dashboard, created by Stanford Provost and current WSCUC Commissioner John Etchemendy. This methodology will enable institutions to obtain a more complete picture of student retention and...

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