Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Purpose of WASC Accreditation

The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.


In the previous cycle, CSUSM completed the Educational Effectiveness Review in April 2009. As a result, the WASC Commission reaffirmed the university's accreditation for seven years. An interim report was submitted to WASC in Fall 2012. In this report progress made in academic master planning, strengthening academic programs through assessment of student learning and improving retention of first year students and graduation rates were described.

CSUSM WASC Current Status

As per the new 2013 Handbook of Accrediation, the campus had a Site Review on March 16-18, 2016 and awaits the final Commission reaffirmation decision in July 2016.

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Contact the Dean of Academic Programs at 760-750-4329 to obtain copies or review documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing or to obtain contact information for the appropriate according, approval or licensing entity in order to file a complaint.