Academic Affairs

Accreditation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is WSCUC?

One of six regional associations in the United States that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities, the WASC Senior College and University Commission accredits institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands. WASC also covers other areas of the Pacific Basin and East Asia where American/International schools or colleges may apply for accreditation.

Who reviews the campuses?

For each review, WSCUC selects two to seven peer volunteers from higher education institutions across the country. The number of reviewers and their level and areas of expertise are matched to the type of review and the evaluation areas to be covered. Review teams present their reports to the WSCUC Accrediting Commission, which then renders the final decision regarding accreditation status.

Why seek accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary process. No institution is required to go through it. However, because accreditation represents a primary means by which colleges and universities in the United States can ensure and improve quality, most institutions chose to participate. Accreditation certifies to other educational institutions and the general public that an institution meets or exceeds established standards and achieves its own stated objectives. Accreditation represents an extremely important step for any institution of higher learning. Accreditation is sought by most schools, including public, private, trade, and graduate institutions.

Are other CSUs and UCs accredited?

Yes, without exception.

What is WSCUC's purpose?

WSCUC's purpose is to confirm each institution's capacity as well as educational effectiveness. In other words, does the university have the infrastructure, decision-making processes, ability to deliver curriculum, and resources to sustain itself.

How long does the accreditation process take?

Typically, once an institution has successfully completed its initial accreditation process, subsequent accreditation processes take around a year.

How does accreditation impact CSUMB?

As an accredited institution, CSUMB students, faculty, administrators, parents, legislators, and others have the assurance of outside experts that CSUMB's academic offerings are exemplary and that the university is well managed and fiscally sound. Accreditation provides the stamp of approval that our programs are relevant and that the university has been and will continue to hold itself accountable to the needs of its students, the community, potential employers, legislators, California taxpayers, and the standards set by higher education for higher education. Accreditation confirms our excellence and our commitment to continuous improvement.