WASC Reaccreditation

Accreditation Process


Accreditation by a US Secretary of Education approved accreditation agency, such as the regional accrediting organization (Western Association of Schools and Colleges, WASC, in the case of California, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin) is required if a college or university wants to have access to federal financial aid funds. In addition, accreditation by the regional accrediting organization is useful if a college or university wants to have its courses and degrees recognized by other institutions.

UCR has been accredited since 1956. The campus' accreditation is reviewed periodically by WASC through a campus self-study and peer review process. In preparation for the next cycle of reaccreditation the campus is required to submit its Institutional Proposal for Accreditation, Preparatory Review Report, and Educational Effectiveness Report, as well as prepare for and host the site visits for the Preparatory Review and the Educational Effectiveness Review. The WASC Handbook of Accreditation, 2001 provides a complete description of the Accreditation Process.

Institutional Proposal for Accreditation (WASC Handbook, pp 37- 40):
  • Identifies everything the campus will do in the accreditation process
  • Addresses Institutional Capacity - including:
    • How the institution intends to present evidence to demonstrate compliance with the WASC Standards
    • Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives
    • Achieving Educational Objectives through Core Functions
    • Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Sustainability
    • Creating an Organization Committed to Learning and Improvement
  • Effectiveness of the institution's data gathering and analysis systems
  • Steps to be taken to develop institutional evidence to support both the Preparatory and Educational Effectiveness Reviews
  • Addresses Educational Effectiveness - including methods to be used to engage the special themes and ways in which the institution will address student learning
  • Note: UCR will explore three special themes:
  • Approval of UCR's Proposal for Accreditation
Preparatory Review Report (WASC Handbook, pp 41-44)
  • Reflective and Concluding Essays corresponding to the WASC Standards.
  • Institutional Portfolio of descriptive data, policies, exhibits, and data displays
  • Appendix with Institutional Response to previous team recommendations
  • Maximum of 35 pages, exclusive of exhibits and appendices
  • From November 14, 2007 to December 5, 2007, the draft of the Preparatory Report, with attachments and appendix, is posted for General Campus Comment
  • Final Report due to WASC on December 20, 2007
  • Will be followed by WASC site visit March 12-14, 2008
Educational Effectiveness Report (WASC Handbook, pp 44-49)
  • Description of the Educational Effectiveness Approach
  • Deep engagement and analysis of Educational Effectiveness, including analytical essays regarding the special themes
  • Supportive evidence for the analysis of Educational Effectiveness, building on the institutional portfolio prepared for the Preparatory Review
  • An integrative component
  • Maximum of 50 pages, exclusive of exhibits
  • Due July 15, 2009
  • Will be followed by WASC site visit October 7-9, 2009

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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WASC Reaccreditation

Robert Gill
Special Consultant for WASC Reaccreditation
E-mail: wasc@ucr.edu