WASC Accreditation

Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Comission for Schools
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 post-secondary 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. 

WASC Senior College and University Commission

WSCUC Timeline - Click to Enlarge
By February 2019
  • Present timeline to President's Cabinet
  • Present timeline to Faculty Senate
  • Campus Labs Accreditation set up prior to WSCUC Steering Committee meeting
  • Finalize WSCUC Steering Committee and hold first meeting
  • Update and promote CSUSB WSCUC website
By April 2019
  • Identify writing team and sub-committees to begin review of WSCUC Standards and Compliance with Federal Requirements
  • Campus visit by WSCUC Vice President to lead training on writing the self study
  • Preliminary self-review under the standards using "WSCUC Standards and Compliance with Federal Requirements"
By December 2019
  • Update WSCUC Inventory of Education Effectiveness Indicators (IEEE)
  • Completed review under the "WSCUC Standards and Compliance with Federal Requirements"
  • Audit of missing data
By May 2020
  • Begin drafting Self-Study: review accreditation history, complete Compliance with Standards Checklist
  • Draft outline of Institutional Report
  • Share draft components of Institutional Report with campus community
  • Attend the ARC Conference
December 2020
  • Update WSCUC Inventory of Education Effectiveness Indicators (IEEI)
  • Complete the final edits on Self-Study and all components of the report
  • Upload Institutional Report to WSCUC box
By March 2021
  • Offsite Review Spring 2021
  • Respond to lines of inquiry from offsite review
October 2021
  • Accreditation On-site Visit Fall 2021