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The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of the six regional accreditation agencies in America. Its jurisdiction covers California, Hawaii, and the Pacific regions. Four-year institutions seek accreditation from WASC for Senior Colleges and Universities (WSCUC) while 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 went through an accreditation reaffirmation process in the 2013-2014 academic year, leading to its reaccreditation for a period of seven years, till 2021.

WSCUC issued its action letter to CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales on March 6, 2015. In it, the Commission commends the university for “a committed and caring community,” “outstanding contribution of faculty and staff,” “executive leadership,” “development of the Palm Desert Campus,” “strategic planning,” and “building a culture of evidence.”

While the university celebrates its success in obtaining reaccreditation from WASC, we are fully aware that there is more be done to help our students become responsible and productive members of society. We are poised to move forward along a path of continuous improvement for our students and our community. 

CSUSB Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2021

Institutional Report

WSCUC Timeline

                                                                                                                4-Year Timeline


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 21, 2021 Reaccreditation Campus Visit: September 22-24, 2021  Commission Meeting panel dates: February 22 or 23, 2022

Commission Reports and Letters

2015 Commission Action Letter
            2017 Interim Report and Action Summary 
2019 Mid-Cycle Review Report

WSCUC Steering Committee Meeting 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
Fall Semester, 2020
Spring Semester, 2021
Spring Semester, 2021
Fall Semester, 2021
Friday, October 30, 2020 Friday, March 5, 2021 Friday, May 28, 2021 Friday, October 29, 2021

WSCUC Monthly Updates




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


JanuaryFebruary, March 

WSCUC Operations Team

  1. Clare Weber, Deputy Provost and Vice Provost for Academic Programs; WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer
  2. Julie LappinChief of Staff and Associate Vice President 
  3. Muriel C. Lopez-WagnerChief 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 SylvaProfessor; Faculty Director of Assessment for Academic Affairs
  6. Janelle GilbertAssociate Professor; Advising Coordinator; MSIO Recruitment Coordinator
  7. Jennifer MersmanAssessment and Research Officer for Student Affairs
  8. Faika LoreWSCUC, 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. Helen Martinez, ASI student representative
  4. Yomara Donis, ASI student representative
  5. Sunny Hyon, faculty, Institutional Report writer
  6. Jo Anna Grant, CAL faculty representative
  7. Judy Sylva, Assessment faculty representative
  8. Thomas Long, SBS faculty representative
  9. Monideepa Becerra, CNS faculty representative
  10. Matthew Poole, CAL faculty representative
  11. Becky Sumbera, COE faculty representative
  12. Karen Escalante, COE faculty representative
  13. Kimberly Collins, JHBC faculty representative
  14. Janelle Gilbert, GE faculty representative
  15. Mihaela Popescu, CAL faculty representative
  16. Julie Lappin, Chief of Staff; Associate Vice President
  17. Shari McMahan, Provost; Vice President for Academic Affairs
  18. Paz Olivérez, Vice President for Student Affairs
  19. Samuel Sudhakar, Vice President for Information Technology Services
  20. Douglas Freer, Vice President for Administration and Finance
  21. Robert Nava, Vice President for University Advancement
  22. Cesar Caballero, Dean for the Pfau Library
  23. Rafik Mohammed, Dean for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
  24. Sastry Pantula, Dean for the College of Natural Sciences (CNS)
  25. Rueyling Chuang, Dean for the College of Arts and Letters (CAL)
  26. Jake Zhu, Dean for the Palm Desert Campus (PDC)
  27. Chinaka DomNwachukwu, Dean for the College of Education (COE)
  28. Tatiana Karmanova, Associate Vice Provost; Dean for College of Extended and Global Education (CEGE)
  29. Lawrence Rose, Dean for the Jack H. Brown College (JHBC)
  30. Anna Ni, Associate Dean in Jack H. Brown College
  31. Muriel Lopez-Wagner, Chief Data Officer; Associate Vice President for Institutional Research & Analytics
  32. Lesley Davidson-Boyd, Interim Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  33. Dorota Huizinga, Associate Provost for Academic Research; Dean of Graduate Studies
  34. Cierra Lavarias, Compliance Specialist
  35. Rachel Beech, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
  36. Jackie Gardner, Interim Director for Student Engagement
  37. Monir Ahmed, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
  38. Joe Gutierrez, Assistant Director for Strategic Communication
  39. Alex Najera, Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Co-Chief Diversity Officer
  40. Seval Yildirim, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development; Co-Chief Diversity Officer
  41. Dale Marsden, Superintendent for the San Bernardino Unified School District