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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". This accreditation body is now officially known as the WASC Senior Commission on Universities and Colleges or WSCUC. The central purpose of WSCUC 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.


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


WASC Documents

Current WASC Policies Manual

WASC Handbook of Accreditation 2013 (updated in December 2012)

QDOG Report

Campus Documents

Credit Hour "Dear Colleague Letter" 

Fresno State Institutional Learning Outcomes

Glossary of WASC Terms for Fresno State's reaccreditation

Strategic Plan for Excellence IV 2011-2015