WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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 continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.

Standards

From the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation

"The Standards of Accreditation consist of four broad, holistic statements that reflect widely accepted good practices in higher education.  The four standards are:

  • Standard 1: Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Education Outcomes
  • Standard 2: Achieving Educational Outcomes Through Core Functions
  • Standard 3: Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Quality and Sustainability
  • Standard 4: Creating an Organization Committed to Quality Assurance, Institutional Learning, and Improvement

Additional information on the WSCUC Standards (Standards At A Glance) can be found on the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) website.

Core Competencies

From the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation 

The five core competencies include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Written Communication

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Big Five - Core Competencies can be found on the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) website.

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

The WASC Senior College and University Commission Action Letter was issued on July 12, 2019. The WSCUC Commission reaffirmed accreditation for a period of eight years, with the next reaffirmation review scheduled for 2026-2027. 

    Based on the Commission Action Letter, the following schedule has been established through 2027:

    DATE ACTION ITEM
    March 01, 2022 Interim Report related to Stockton Campus
    Fall 2026 Offsite Review
    Spring 2027 Accreditation Visit

    Interim Report For Stockton 2022

    The WASC Interim Report Committee provided their findings on the Stanislaus State interim report related to the Stockton Campus in August 2022, which included three commendations and no recommendations.  

    Commendations:

    1. Stanislaus State has navigated the COVID-era with integrity and a focus on quality as it sought to serve its students in the context of addressing the issues of this report. The university should be commended for providing excellent materials and plans for their Stockton campus despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.
    2. The institution has experienced a high degree of leadership changes and appears to have in place a team situated to meet current needs as well as prepare for a positive future.
    3. Stanislaus State has made excellent progress on implementing a strategic plan, which includes work in creating strong partnerships in the community and working with the CSU Chancellor's office to ensure adequate funding for the Stockton campus.

    The next full reaccreditation cycle will include an off-site review in fall 2026 and on-site visit in spring 2027.

    2022 Interim Report

    WSCUC Resources and Links

    2018-2019 Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process and Resources

    Reaffirmation of Accrediation Self-Study Review Process

    Stages of the Self-Study Review Process

    During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, the institution underwent an intensive multi-phased, multi-pronged self-study that involved University stakeholders across the Turlock and Stockton campuses.  The self-study conducted by the University’s WASC Steering Committee included several stages, at times overlapping, informing the process as it was evolving.

    Self study diagram depicts the stages of self-study process

     

    In addition, An extensive university-wide validation process of the institutional report was conducted which culminated with an affirmative vote as a consent item by Academic Senate on May 8, 2018.

    Early Self-Study Data

    Early self-study data gathered from the Transition Team and USPC, in addition to other institutional reports, including the University’s Graduation Initiative 2025: First-Year Results and the institution’s National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2017 and Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) 2017 reports informed the development of an organic University-driven list of Strengths, Challenges, and Priorities Moving Forward.
    Factors Contributing to Financial Stability and Sustainability

    Stanislaus State is positioned for financial stability and sustainability. Since 2012, the University increased its reserves by approximately $9M, from approximately $16M to $25 million. This strong footing is a result of several factors contributing to its overall financial picture.

    Response to Previous Commission Actions

    Since its last full reaffirmation of accreditation review, with its Capacity Preparatory Review in Fall 2008 and its Educational Effectiveness Review (EER) in Spring 2010, California State University, Stanislaus underwent two Special Visit reviews, with the first Special Visit Onsite Review in Fall 2011, and the most recent Special Visit Onsite Review on October 1-3, 2014.

    As documented in its March 6, 2015 letter, the Commission recommended continued work in the following three areas:

    1. Shared Governance and Institutional Climate (CFR 3.7);
    2. Strategic Planning (CFRs 4.6, 4.7); and
    3. Scholarship and Creative Activity (CFRs 2.8, 2.9, 3.2, 3.7)

    The University has taken significant proactive steps to make substantial progress in each of these three areas, with strong evidence supporting our achievements.

     

    WSCUC Institutional Report

    Essay 2:  Appendix 2.1

    Essay 2: Appendix 2.2

    Essay 3: Appendix 3.1

    Essay 3: Appendix 3.2

    Essay 5: Appendix 5.1

    Essay 5: Appendix 5.2

    Essay 5: Appendix 5.3

    Essay 7: Appendix 7

    As part of our WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) reaffirmation of accreditation process, the University received on December 20, 2018 the Lines of Inquiry (LOIs) from the WASC Review Team.  The LOIs were written following the Team’s review of our Institutional Report, submitted September 2018, and describe areas that will form the primary focus of the accreditation visit scheduled April 2-5, 2019.

    Any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the LOIs can be directed to the WASC Steering Committee.

    Further communication is forthcoming as the University begins preparations for the accreditation visit in April.  We look forward to showcasing our Shared Stories, Continued Success….

    On February 16, 2017, the WASC Steering Committee hosted a Launch Event to kick off the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Reaffirmation of Accreditation process, with the entire campus community.  The event was a huge success with approximately 175 people in attendance, which was made up of students, faculty, staff and administration.

    Shawna Young at podium.
    Participants at WASC Launch Event

     

    President Junn at podium during WASC Launch 2017
    Provost Kim Greer at podium during WASC Launch 2017

     

    Participants at WASC Launch Event
    Sticky notes are placed on a large easel.

     

    Video Credits:

    • Actor – Stuart Sims (as himself)
    • Screenplay – Stuart Sims
    • Executive Producer – Shawna Young
    • Director – Harold Stanislaw
    • The Man Behind the Camera – Kevin Gasaway
    • Hand Model – Erin Littlepage
    • Key Stylist – Amy Worrell
    • Microphone Wrangler – Avery Urban
    • Chimney Sweep – Christopher Claus
    • Key Grip – Sarah Schraeder
    • Grip – Jon Grammatico
    • Lighting – Martyn Gunn
    • Stunt Coordinator – Oddmund Myhre
    • First Aid – Stuart Wooley
    • Casting Director – Keith Nainby
    • Costume Designer – Gabby Nuno
    • Make Up Artist – JungHa An
    • Historian – Laura French
    • Voice Coach – Ellen Junn
    • Wardrobe – Kim Greer
    • Assistant to Dr. Sims – John Tillman
    • Transportation Captain – Faimous Harrison
    • Craft Services – Tiffany Spaulding
    • Audience Counter – Regan Linderman
    • Coffee Break Coordinator – Mark Thompson
    • Director of Computer Services – Tom Carter
    • Chief Legal Counsel – Lynn Johnson

    The IRP has been redesigned in significant ways to build on the work already accomplished in the institution’s last cycle of review and to focus the goals of the process on ensuring and improving student success and student learning.

    This redesign includes:

    • Shortening the time frame for completion of the process from 5 years to fewer than 3 years
    • Reducing the number of stages in the process from 3 to 2
    • Streamlining the process into a day-long off-site review followed by a visit

    Under the Redesigned Institutional Review Process (IRP), California State University, Stanislaus will have its next Comprehensive Review in 2019 and will evidence and report on graduating students’ levels of performance in the below five core competencies:

    • Written communication,
    • Oral Communication,
    • Quantitative reasoning,
    • Critical Thinking, and
    • Information literacy.

    University Accreditation Archives

    Tuesday, April 2 - Friday, April 5

    Stanislaus State will host our Reaffirmation of Accreditation Site Visit by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) at both the Stockton and Turlock campuses.

    WSCUC Confidential Email Account Notification

    Dear University Community,

    Stanislaus State is hosting a site visit by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) on April 2-5, 2019 in connection with our institution’s accreditation. During the site visit, the WSCUC team will hold open forum meetings with students, staff, and faculty to provide an opportunity for informal input from all members of the university community about their experiences with the institution. Students are especially encouraged to comment on issues of academic rigor and consistency, availability of student support services, accuracy of information provided by the institution, and other matters related to the quality of the educational experience. The site visit schedule, including open forum meetings as well as meetings with specific committees/units, is currently being finalized by the WSCUC team, and will soon be distributed to the university community, along with more information about fun and informational events and activities leading up to the visit.

    WSCUC understands that not everyone who may wish to participate can attend these meetings, and has therefore established a confidential email account to give everyone the opportunity to communicate with the team. The email account is created by a WSCUC staff member and only authorized WSCUC staff and team members have access to it. The emails are not viewed by any representative of the institution. The email account is created for this visit only and will be closed once the WSCUC team leaves the campus. Only comments made before or during the visit will be considered as part of the review process.

    Institutional reports, on-campus interviews, open sessions, and email comments become part of the information collected and reviewed by the WSCUC team. Please note that team members will not respond individually to comments provided through any of these venues, including the confidential email account. However, the input from comments, along with other forms of information, will be considered as the team undertakes its work and develops recommendations to the institution. The team is not able to meet individually with members of the university community, so please do not use the email account to request private appointments.

    To write to the WSCUC team, please address your email to: csustan@wscuc.org

    Any questions or concerns about the confidential email account or the upcoming site visit can be directed to Harold Stanislaw or Shawna Young, Co-Chairs of the University’s WASC Steering Committee.

    Sincerely,
    Harold Stanislaw and Shawna Young


    Accreditation Visit Open Forum Schedule

    During the site visit, the WSCUC team will hold open forum meetings with students, staff and faculty to provide an opportunity for input from all members of the University community about their experiences with the institution. The schedule for these meetings is as follows:

    Student Open Forum
    Wednesday, April 3, 2:00-2:45 p.m., MSR 130

    Faculty Open Forum
    Thursday, April 4, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m., MSR 130

    Staff Open Forum
    Thursday, April 4, 1:00-1:45 p.m., MSR 130

    Exit Meeting with the University Community*
    Friday, April 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., JSR Faculty Development Center 118
    *All University community members are invited to attend the Exit Meeting. The WSCUC team chair delivers a summary of the team’s findings and recommendations. The findings and recommendations are not discussed during the meeting. The team leaves immediately following delivery of the summary. Please note that this meeting time is subject to change, depending on completion of the team’s review. Updated time will be communicated to the University community, if applicable.

    Confidential Email

    WSCUC understands that not everyone who may wish to participate can attend these meetings, and has therefore established a confidential email account to give everyone the opportunity to communicate with the team.

    Any questions or concerns can be directed to Harold Stanislaw or Shawna Young, Co-Chairs of the University’s WASC Steering Committee.

     


    Shared Stories, Continued Success... Documentary

    With our accreditation visit upon us, we are excited to showcase our student-produced and edited documentary, Shared Stories, Continued Success...

    Visit our documentary webpage to view the segments, as they will be posted throughout our accreditation visit, April 2-5. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for documentary release updates as well.


    Reaffirmation of Accreditation Warm Up Week

    March 25-29, 2019

    Visit Archived Event webpage

    WASC Reaffirmation Accreditation Warm Up Week

    Following the 2011 Special Visit, the WASC Commission scheduled a 2014 Special Visit for progress made to its recommendations.  Part of the Special Visit process includes the submission of a Special Visit Report prior to the site visit. Special Visit Reports are intended to be limited in scope and not comprehensive evaluations of the institution. The report will assist the visiting team in understanding the progress made by the institution in addressing the issues identified by the Commission and the major recommendations of the last visiting teams (2011 Special Visit and 2010 Educational Effectiveness Review).

    WASC Special Visit Timeline 2014. The chart displays visits from 2007 to 2014.

     

    2014 Self-Study Team (SST) Members

    Roxanne Robbin
    Chair, Department of Art

    Oddmund Myhre
    Interim Dean, College of Education

    Reza Kamali
    Dean, College of Science

    Lynn Johnson
    Professor, Department of Accounting & Finance

    Marjorie Jaasma (Chair)
    AVP Academic Planning & Analysis; ALO

    Scott Davis (Principal Writer)
    Chair, Department of English

    Contact Information

    Email: specialvisit@csustan.edu

     

    Following the Educational Effectiveness Review in 2010, the WASC Commission scheduled a Special Visit for fall 2011. Part of the Special Visit process includes the submission of a Special Visit Report prior to the site visit. Special Visit Reports are intended to be limited in scope and not comprehensive evaluations of the institution. The report should assist the visiting team to understand the progress made by the institution in addressing the issues identified by the Commission and the major recommendations of the last visiting team.

    Special Visit Research Team Members

    John A. Garcia, Co-Chair
    Professor
    Department of Social Work

    Halyna Kornuta, Co-Chair
    AVP for Academic Affairs
    Accreditation Liaison Officer

    Paul W. O'Brien
    Chair and Professor
    Department of Sociology

    Gina Leguria
    Senior Manager
    HR and Compliance

    Harold Stanislaw
    Professor
    Department of Psychology and Child Development

    James Tuedio
    Interim Dean
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences

     

    The Educational Effectiveness Review is intended to be significantly different from the Preparatory Review. Its primary purpose is to invite sustained engagement by the institution on the extent to which the institution fulfills its educational objectives. Through a process of inquiry and engagement, the Educational Effectiveness Review also is designed to enable the Commission to make a judgment about the extent to which the institution fulfills its Core Commitment to Educational Effectiveness:

    The  Institution evidences clear and appropriate educational objectives and design at the institutional and program level. The institution employs processes of review, including the collection and use of data that assure delivery of programs and learner accomplishments at a level of performance appropriate for the degree or certificate awarded.

     

    The Capacity and Preparatory Review is designed to enable the Commission to determine whether an institution fulfills the Core Commitment of Institutional Capacity:

    The Institution functions with clear purposes, high levels of institutional integrity, fiscal stability, and organizational structures and processes to fulfill its purposes.

     

    The Institutional Proposal is the first element of the Institutional Presentation and the first stage in the accreditation review cycle. Its purpose is to guide the entire accreditation review process. Once the proposal is approved, it becomes part of the total body of institutional material that supports the review during its subsequent two stages. The Stanislaus State Institutional Proposal was submitted in May 2006, and approved at the highest levels in June 2006.

    Stanislaus State Institutional Proposal

    WASC Required Data Exhibits

     

    Campus Communications

    Documents and Resources

     

    Updated: August 29, 2023