Santa Clara University is accredited by The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. WASC serves a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions (K-12, community college, and senior college or universities) primarily in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific. Accreditation serves to assure the educational community, parents, students, employers, policymakers, and the public that the institution meets high standards of quality and effectiveness. Accreditation is necessary for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs. It is also important for the acceptance and transfer of college credit, and is a prerequisite for many graduate programs.
The overriding purpose of accreditation is to ensure that the institution has been rigorously evaluated and that it meets or exceeds the criteria required to maintain accreditation. In addition, the accreditation process is designed to build a culture of evidence, promote a commitment to institutional improvement, validate institutional integrity, and provide feedback that improves the accreditation process itself.
Offsite Review, during which a team appointed by WSCUC convenes to evaluate the institution and its compliance with the standards.
WSCUC provides preliminary feedback and establishes areas on which it will focus during a campus visit.
Working Group Members
Ed Ryan, Vice Provost, Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
Chris Bachen, Associate Professor, Communication, Director of Assessment
Emilie Clucas Leaderman, Assistant Director of Assessment
Heather Dumas-Dyer, Director of Residence Life
Drazen Fabris, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Diane Jonte-Pace, Assistant to the Provost
Kristin Kusanovich, Senior Lecturer, Theater and Dance
Kate Morris, Associate Professor, Art and Art History, Associate Dean
Ray Plaza, Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Drew Starbird, Professor, OMIS
Barbara Stewart, Director of Institutional Research
一道本不卡免费高清"The WASC reaffirmation process gives our community the opportunity to review and reflect on our strengths and areas for growth as a university. I hope you will all become involved in this process. We welcome your input and feedback."
一道本不卡免费高清Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J.
一道本不卡免费高清President of Santa Clara University
In 2011, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) awarded Santa Clara University a ten-year affirmation of accreditation and established 2020-21 as the time frame to apply for reaffirmation.
一道本不卡免费高清Seeking reaffirmation involves an extensive review of the WSCUC standards to guarantee that an institution is meeting the Commission’s Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. The institution's self-study culminates in an institutional report that is evaluated by a team of WSCUC commissioners and peers from other institutions and is followed by a campus visit. A timeline for the process has been established.
Throughout the self-study process, all SCU faculty, students and staff are encouraged to become actively involved by providing input, suggestions, and feedback. Draft documents will become available to the campus. Feedback on draft documents can be provided at the forums or meetings that will take place throughout the process, via email to email@example.com, or through contacting any member of the WASC Working Group.
The WSCUC process begins by calling upon institutions to ground their activities in three Core Commitments. By affirming these Core Commitments and taking ownership of the accreditation process, institutions create learning environments that continuously strive for educational excellence and operational effectiveness in order to serve both students and the public good.
: Achieving Educational Objectives through Core Functions
Learning and Success
一道本不卡免费高清Institutions have clear educational goals and student learning outcomes. Institutions collect, analyze, and interpret valid and reliable evidence of learning as a way of assessing student achievement and success. Institutions support the success of all students and seek to understand and improve student success.
Quality and Improvement
Institutions have clear educational goals and student learning outcomes. Institutions collect, analyze, and interpret valid and reliable evidence of learning as a way of assessing student achievement and success. Institutions support the success of all students and seek to understand and improve student success
Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability
Institutions recognize that the public has entrusted them with the critical responsibilities of upholding the values of higher education and contributing to the public good. They engage in sound business practices, demonstrate institutional integrity, operate in a transparent manner, and adapt to changing conditions.