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Contact Us

Lynnette Zelezny
lynnette@csufresno.edu

Andrew Lawson
alawson@csufresno.edu

 

About WASC

Formed in 1962, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) aims "to promote the welfare, interests, and development of education in the Western Region". The central purpose of WASC Accreditation is "to assure its stakeholders that a WASC-accredited institution has been rigorously evaluated and that it meets or exceeds the criteria required to maintain accreditation". There are three main accrediting commissions:

  • Accrediting Commission for Schools
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits institutions in California, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific Basin.

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 Educational 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"

Core Competencies

From the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation

The five core competencies include

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