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 wascsenior.org) 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.