What is WASC?

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

 

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. Through its review processes, WASC confirms that an institution has substantially met the Commission's Core Commitments and Standards of Accreditation and associated Criteria for Review and, thus, possesses the resources, policies, and practices to achieve its educational goals and has provided evidence of the quality of its educational programs. Accredited institutions are also subject to the conditions established by the Commission, including its policies.

Institutions elect to undergo accreditation review for several reasons besides assurance of quality and adherence to academic standards. Accreditation determines a school's eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs. Accreditation also is important for the acceptance and transfer of college credit, and is a prerequisite for many graduate programs. Generally, college credits or degrees received at a regionally accredited institution are accepted by other regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Accreditation is periodically reaffirmed through a comprehensive review process that includes an institutional self study, external review, and site visit at least once every ten years.  As a matter of Commission policy, Initial Accreditation requires institutional self review and peer evaluation no more than seven years after the date of the Commission action granting such status. UC Merced's next comprehensive review site visit is scheduled for spring 2018.

Key WASC Publications

WASC Leadership

WASC President: Mary Ellen Petrisko

WASC Liaison to UC Merced: Barbara Gross Davis

Learn More About WASC

The accrediting activities of WASC are conducted by three Commissions, each working with a different segment of education.  UC Merced is reviewed by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

WASC Contact information:

985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100 
Alameda, CA 94501 
Phone: (510) 748-9001   

www.wascsenior.org  

 

Last Updated October 7, 2013