Core Competencies

Core Competencies

Providing foundational 21st century learning-written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy.

Student Success

Student Success

Embodying the University mission of success, service and leadership in all aspects of one's private, professional, and civic life.

Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of the Degree

Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of the Degree

Providing meaningful and coherent learning experiences that achieve expected outcomes.


WSCUC is a regional accrediting body, recognized by the Department of Education, which conducts cyclical reviews of colleges and universities to ensure, institutional accountability, compliance with federal regulations, and to provide support for institutional improvement. The Commission's stated goals (drawn from are to:

  • Promote institutional engagement with issues of educational effectiveness and student learning
  • Develop a culture of evidence that informs decision-making
  • Foster active interchange among public and private institutions

The Commission’s goals are definitely aligned with Sacramento State’s focus on educational and institutional effectiveness.

Our university’s accreditation review is an opportunity to reflect on our efforts, to celebrate our progress, and to identify issues that affect our ability to meet our mission goal, as California’s capital university, to “transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service and success.”

The Steering Committee developed this website to document and support the cyclical review required by the WSCUC and to offer members of our community a variety of opportunities to participate in important conversations about our university---it’s initiatives, structures, processes and policies. Engagement by everyone interested in Sacramento State is crucial for the success of our enterprise.

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Institutional Focus for this WASC Cycle

In the revision to the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation, the WSCUC asserted that the baccalaureate degree commonly prepares students for work, citizenship and life-long learning by offering a course of study that includes development of what the Commission called "core competencies"---areas of learning that are central to the baccalaureate degree's goals for 21st century learning. The Commission identified 5 core competencies as foundational: written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy.

The Institutional Report prepared by the campus must document how the University curriculum addresses each of the five core competencies, by describing how student learning outcomes are aligned with the core competencies and, using evidence of student performance,  demonstrate the extent to which students are achieving those competencies. 

Key Milestones and Campus Events

April 27, 2015: Graduate Student Success Forum

April/May: Initial Focus Groups for MQID

September 28, 2015: Campus Forum on Institutional Success and Christopher Oberg Visit

September 30, 2015: Summit on Graduate Education

October 5, 2015: Forum on African American Student Success

October 20, 2015: Campus Forum Exploring Meaning. Meaning, Quality and Integrity of the Degree.

November 3, 2015: Campus Forum (topic TBD)

March 2016: TBA

April/May 2016: TBA

September 2016: Institutional Report Submitted

November 2016: Off-site Review Team Conference Call

February 2017: Off-site Review Response

April 2017: Campus Visit

June 2017: Commision Action

Message from the President

The WSCUC re-accreditation process is very important to our university and the region we serve. Accreditation places us in a supportive community of institutions committed  to quality education and ensures that our students are able to access federal financial aid programs.