Announcements

Mar 27, 2015

During its February 2015 meeting the Commission adopted the following policy changes.

1. New Gifts Policy

The Commission approved a new Gifts Policy to raise awareness of this existing practice as outlined in the Visit Process Guide. This policy is intended to make it easier for evaluators and staff, prior to a visit, to inform institutions that they may not accept...

Mar 27, 2015

As part of the upcoming revisions to the 2015 Handbook, the Commission clarified the language in CFR 1.2: “Educational objectives are widely recognized throughout the institution, are consistent with stated purposes, and are...

Jan 07, 2015

The 2015 WSCUC Annual Report period will be May 1-31, 2015. All eligible, candidate and accredited institutions are required to update and submit annual report sections during this time period.

The 2015 reporting elements will include the six new data elements that comprise the Graduation Rate...

Jan 06, 2015

At its November 2014 meeting, the Commission approved an extension of the 2014 Mid-Cycle Review pilot to include all institutions scheduled for a Mid-Cycle Review in 2015.

Institutions with Mid-Cycle Reviews in 2015 should read the updated resource page,...

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. 

For more information please click here:...

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...

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