Announcements

Dec 11, 2014

Mary Ellen PetriskoAs 2014 comes to a close, I want to offer my thanks for the support and involvement of so many of you in the work of accreditation. It has been a busy and productive year, and we could not have accomplished so much without your involvement. Many of you participated in peer review, pilot programs, educational programs, and contributed valuable feedback on all of...

Dec 11, 2014

According to federal regulations, institutions have the right to appeal an adverse Commission Action, and accrediting agencies are required to have appeals processes in place to accommodate such appeals. WSCUC has both an Adverse Action Review Process, outlined in the 2013 Handbook, and an...

Dec 11, 2014

During its November 2014 meeting the Commission adopted the following policy changes and is circulating these changes to the region for comment. Please direct comments or questions to Danielle Adams, dadams [at] wascsenior [dot] org, 510-748-9001 ext. 338 by January 13, 2015.

 

  1. The revised Agreements with Unaccredited Entities...
Dec 10, 2014

We are pleased to report that over 70 institutions responded to the 2014 extended pilot of the Undergraduate Student Success and Graduation Rate Dashboard. Initial review of the submissions and exit surveys revealed a number of challenges that institutions faced in responding to the complete data request. These issues included incomplete data sets, data integrity issues...

Dec 08, 2014

The Commission has adopted a proposed decision framework that grants 6 years for initial accreditation, and 6, 8 or 10 years for reaffirmation. By adopting this framework, the Commission expects to attain a greater level of coherency across the set of reaffirmation decisions it makes. The timing for the implementation of a revised framework has not been set, pending the comments of member institutions about the...

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,...

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