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About Academic Excellence


The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an accrediting commission for schools. The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is a regional accrediting body, recognized by the Department of Education, which conducts cyclical reviews of colleges and universities to ensure institutional accountability and compliance with federal regulations, as well as to provide support for institutional improvement.

The Commission's goals 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

These goals align with Sacramento State’s focus on educational and institutional effectiveness.

Re-Accreditation at Sacramento State

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

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". These are areas of learning central to the baccalaureate degree's goals for 21st century learning.

The Commission identified five core competencies as foundational: written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy. The 2016 Institutional Report prepared by campus documents how the University curriculum addresses each of the five core competencies. It describes how student-learning outcomes align with the core competencies and, using evidence of student performance, demonstrates the extent to which students are achieving those competencies. 

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