CSUSM Accreditation Reaffirmed Through 2016


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

The accreditation of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has been reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Tasked with evaluating the effectiveness and quality of public and private schools in the western United States, WASC conferred accreditation appraisal to CSUSM by granting a 7-year reaffirmation, with the next Institutional Capacity Review taking place in the spring of 2016 and and Educational Effectiveness review scheduled for fall 2017.

In a letter to CSUSM President Karen S. Haynes, the WASC Commission stated that, “The self-study process demonstrates significant campus participation and engagement and institutional commitment to the creation of a ‘learning organization’ based on an emerging ‘culture of evidence’ and key functions such as planning, assessment, and program review that the University continues to develop and strengthen.”

The university also received commendation for the culture of collegiality, professionalism, and “commitment to advancing the educational mission of CSU San Marcos” at every level.

For more detailed information about WASC's findings and our next steps, please visit the CSUSM accreditation website at:


About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos has become one of the fastest growing campuses in the CSU system. Providing access to a high quality education and preparing the leaders of tomorrow remain at the core of what we do. Cal State San Marcos embraces and symbolizes twenty‐first century learning. We offer hands‐on and collaborative learning experiences, cutting edge technology and academic programs relevant to the rapidly changing global environment. Our faculty engages in the latest research and other creative activities and our graduates are prepared to lead and compete in the digital age. Founded in 1989, CSU San Marcos is located on a 304‐acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.