Nearly 130 Cal State San Bernardino faculty, staff and administrators gathered on Nov. 8 for a leadership meeting to discuss various aspects of the university’s ongoing 2021 reaffirmation of accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
CSUSB last went through an accreditation reaffirmation process in the 2013-14 academic year, which led to its current seven-year reaccreditation that continues until 2021.
Provost Shari McMahan welcomed the group, and Deputy Provost Clare Weber outlined the various activities for the attendees during the session held at the Obershaw Dining Room. Jolene Koester, who serves as a consultant to the university, was the event’s facilitator and gave an overview of the structure and process for reaccreditation work.
The attendees were placed into a number of groups to review, discuss and offer suggestions to the 39 criteria of the four standards of the Self Study report, which had been developed by a team of faculty, staff and administrators over the months since they initially met to begin laying the groundwork to the four standards to reaccreditation last March.  
The standards are:

  1. Standard 1 – Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives;
  2. Standard 2 – Achieving Educational Objectives Through Core Functions;
  3. Standard 3 – Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Quality and Sustainability; and
  4. Standard 4 – Creating an Organization Committed to Quality Assurance, Institutional Learning, and Improvement.

Based on the findings of the CSUSB Self Study report, an institutional report, which is due Dec. 17, will be sent to WSCUC.
An off-site visit will be held in Feb. 21  with a campus visit set for Sept. 22-24 in 2021.
For more information, visit the CSUSB WASC accreditation website.