WSCUC evaluates the quality and effectiveness of colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Basin. USD has been fully accredited by WSCUC since 1956.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), formerly known as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or WASC, periodically reviews accredited schools to monitor their continued quality and effectiveness. USD was last reaccredited in July 2012. The institutional self-study is due in Fall 2020 and is followed by a comprehensive off-site review in Spring 2021 and an onsite visit scheduled Fall 2021. The mid-cycle review took place in Fall 2016.

When USD completed its most recent reaccreditation cycle in 2012, the process involved three phases of review as essential steps in a systematic institutional analysis to improve educational quality. The three phases included the Institutional Proposal, the Capacity and Preparatory Review, and the Educational Effectiveness Review. Descriptions of each phase along with documentation appear througout this website. These phases provide an institutional context which positions USD for the upcoming mid-cycle review and the special interim report.

Throughout the website you will see that both the WASC and WSCUC acronyms used. The acronym changed in 2012-2013. Historical documents and web pages will denote "WASC" and current pages will notate WSCUC.

For further information, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives.

To learn more about the WSCUC accreditation process, please view the WSCUC 2013 Handbook for Accreditation.

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