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The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of America's six regional accreditation agencies. Its jurisdiction covers California, Hawaii, and the Pacific regions. Four-year institutions seek accreditation from WASC for Senior Colleges and Universities (WSCUC). In contrast, non-four-year institutions obtain theirs from two other commissions (one for junior colleges and the other for K-12 schools and non-degree-granting postsecondary institutions).

California State University, San Bernardino, completed its accreditation reaffirmation cycle in 2021. As a result, WSCUC issued its action letter to CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales on March 9, 2022. In it, the Commission reaffirmed accreditation for ten years. In addition, the WSCUC commission commended the university for:

  1. Making enormous and impressive strides directly addressing the identified requirements outlined in the last Commission Action Letter.
  2. DEI governance model is highly inclusive and reflects a genuine commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of the emerging fabric of the institution.
  3. Student advisors across the university collaborate in powerful ways to consistently provide a full range of support that contributes to student success.
  4. The thoughtful and intentional way in which IT and IR teams envisioned, planned, and built systems and platforms in support of student success and in response to the global pandemic.
  5. Allocating resources for initiatives such as DEI, the Quarter to Semester transformation, and the development of a culture of assessment – that demonstrates the level of institutional commitment required for successful implementation of these overarching strategic goals.
  6. Creating a culture of continuous improvement by breaking down silos and working together across the university.
  7. Developing a meaningful and substantive student-centered focus across multiple departments and programs.

While the university celebrates its success in obtaining reaccreditation from WASC, we are aware that we need to do more to fully realize the meaning of a CSUSB degree https://bulletin.csusb.edu/about-university/. We are poised to move forward along a path of continuous improvement for our students and our community. 

CSUSB Current WSCUC Reaccreditation Term

It is our pleasure to share with you the WSCUC Commission Action Letter and the Visiting Team's Report for our 2021 reaffirmation of accreditation review. CSUSB received a ten-year reaccreditation, with an Interim Report due in 2025. Our next Offsite Review and Accreditation Visit are scheduled for Spring and Fall 2031. 


CSUSB Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2021


WSCUC Timeline


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Onsite Visit Schedule


WSCUC Dates

WSCUC Dates

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

CSUSB Institutional Report Due: December 17, 2020  Offsite Review: February 25, 2021 Responses to the Lines of Inquiry from the Offsite Review Due: July 16, 2021 Reaccreditation Campus Visit: September 22-24, 2021  Commission Meeting panel date: February 25, 2022

Commission Reports and Letters

Commission Reports and Letters
2015 2017 2019 2021

2015 Commission Action Letter

2017 Interim Report and Action Summary 

2019 Mid-Cycle Review Report

2021 Offsite Review (OSR)


WSCUC Steering Committee Meeting Dates

Scheduled Dates:

Scheduled Dates

Winter/Spring Quarter, 2019

Fall Quarter, 2019

Winter Quarter, 2020

Spring Quarter, 2020

Monday, March 4, 2019 Friday, December 6, 2019 Friday, March 6, 2020 Friday, June 12, 2020
Scheduled Dates

Fall Semester, 2020

Spring Semester, 2021

Spring Semester, 2021

Friday, October 30, 2020 Friday, March 5, 2021 Friday, May 28, 2021

WSCUC Monthly Updates

WSCUC Monthly Updates

2019

MayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

2020

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2021

JanuaryFebruary, March, April, May, June, September 


WSCUC Operations Team

  1. Clare Weber, Deputy Provost and Vice Provost for Academic Programs; WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer
  2. Julie Lappin, Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President 
  3. Muriel C. Lopez-Wagner, Chief Data Officer and Associate Vice President for Institutional Research & Analytics, Digital Transformation, and Compliance Initiatives
  4. Sunny Hyon, Professor; Associate Chair; Institutional Report writer 
  5. Judy Sylva, Professor; Faculty Director of Assessment for Academic Affairs
  6. Janelle Gilbert, Associate Professor; Advising Coordinator; MSIO Recruitment Coordinator
  7. Jennifer Mersman, Assessment and Research Officer for Student Affairs
  8. Faika Lore, WSCUC, Program Review, and Assessment Logistics Coordinator

WSCUC Onsite Visit Operations Committee

  1. Clare Weber, Deputy Provost and Vice Provost for Academic Programs; WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer
  2. Julie Lappin, Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President 
  3. Pamela Langford, Associate Vice President for Alumni, Government & Community Relations
  4. Muriel C. Lopez-Wagner, Chief Data Officer and Associate Vice President for Institutional Research & Analytics, Digital Transformation, and Compliance Initiatives
  5. Ginny Hattar, Director of Special Events & Guest Services
  6. Judy Sylva, Professor; Faculty Director of Assessment for Academic Affairs
  7. Sunny Hyon, Professor; Associate Chair; Institutional Report writer 
  8. Janelle Gilbert, Associate Professor; Advising Coordinator; MSIO Recruitment Coordinator
  9. Faika Lore, WSCUC, Program Review, and Assessment Logistics Coordinator

WSCUC Steering Committee Members

  1. Clare Weber, Deputy Provost and Vice Provost for Academic Programs; WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer; Steering Committee co-chair
  2. Beth Steffel, Faculty Senate Chair; Steering Committee co-chair
  3. Daisy Ramos, ASI student representative
  4. Nathaly Ramos, ASI student representative
  5. Roman Salem, ASI student representative
  6. Sunny Hyon, faculty, Institutional Report writer
  7. Jo Anna Grant, CAL faculty representative
  8. Judy Sylva, Assessment faculty representative
  9. Thomas Long, SBS faculty representative
  10. Monideepa Becerra, CNS faculty representative
  11. Matthew Poole, CAL faculty representative
  12. Becky Sumbera, COE faculty representative
  13. Karen Escalante, COE faculty representative
  14. Kimberly Collins, JHBC faculty representative
  15. Janelle Gilbert, GE faculty representative
  16. Mihaela Popescu, CAL faculty representative
  17. Julie Lappin, Chief of Staff; Associate Vice President
  18. Shari McMahan, Provost; Vice President for Academic Affairs
  19. Paz Olivérez, Vice President for Student Affairs
  20. Samuel Sudhakar, Vice President for Information Technology Services
  21. Douglas Freer, Vice President for Administration and Finance
  22. Robert Nava, Vice President for University Advancement
  23. Cesar Caballero, Dean for the Pfau Library
  24. Rafik Mohammed, Dean for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
  25. Sastry Pantula, Dean for the College of Natural Sciences (CNS)
  26. Rueyling Chuang, Dean for the College of Arts and Letters (CAL)
  27. Jake Zhu, Dean for the Palm Desert Campus (PDC)
  28. Chinaka DomNwachukwu, Dean for the College of Education (COE)
  29. Tatiana Karmanova, Associate Vice Provost; Dean for College of Extended and Global Education (CEGE)
  30. Shanthi Srinivas, Interim Dean for the Jack H. Brown College (JHBC) of Business and Public Administration
  31. Anna Ni, Associate Dean in Jack H. Brown College
  32. Muriel Lopez-Wagner, Chief Data Officer; Associate Vice President for Institutional Research & Analytics
  33. Lesley Davidson-Boyd, Interim Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  34. Dorota Huizinga, Associate Provost for Academic Research; Dean of Graduate Studies
  35. Cierra Lavarias, Compliance Specialist
  36. Rachel Beech, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
  37. Jackie Varela, Director for Student Engagement
  38. Monir Ahmed, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
  39. Joe Gutierrez, Assistant Director for Strategic Communication
  40. Jeanne Durr, Interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Co-Chief Diversity Officer
  41. Seval Yildirim, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development; Co-Chief Diversity Officer
  42. Edwin Gomez, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools