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 most recent 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, these are the dates for upcoming activities:

  • Submit Institutional Report - Summer 2015
  • Off-site Review - November 19, 2015
  • On-site Visit - March 16-18, 2016
    • FACULTY - 12:00 p.m. in Markstein Hall 125
    • STUDENTS - 12:00 p.m. in USU 2310 A&B
    • STAFF - 2:15 p.m. in Kellogg 5400

All are welcome to attend the WASC Review Team's Exit Meeting

11:30 a.m. in Markstein Hall 125

Download the full schedule of meetings

WASC Steering Committee

CHABSS faculty - Elizabeth Matthews
VP, Community Engagement - Patricia Prado-Olmos
CSM faculty - Tracey Brown
CoBA faculty - Glen Brodowsky
Library faculty - Melanie Chu
Dean, Student Affairs - Dilcie Perez
Accreditation Liasion Officer - Regina Eisenbach
University Assessment Specialist - Melissa Simnitt



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.