What is 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. In other words, accreditation is necessary for participation in federal and state financial aid programs. Accreditation also is important for the acceptance and transfer of college credit, is a prerequisite for many graduate programs, and is often an eligibility requirement for research grant programs.
Accreditation is periodically reaffirmed through a comprehensive review process that includes an institutional self study that results in a comprehensive Institutional Report, an external review by colleagues from peer institutions, and a site visit at least once every ten years.
Cal State Fullerton was last reaccredited by WSCUC in 2012, and is currently in preparation for the next reaffirmation visit that will take place in Fall 2019.
CSUF Institutional Training
Dr. Barbara Gross Davis, Vice President of WSCUC, visited CSUF on May 16, 2017. She introduced the process of WSCUC Comprehensive Review for Reaffirmation of Accreditation to the campus community. Her presentation is available on this website.