The third and final stage in the reaccreditation process is the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). The EER invites sustained dialogue by the campus community to determine how well the university fulfills its educational objectives by addressing questions such as, Are the university's systems effectively linked to evidence of student learning? Are they consistent with the campus' educational goals and academic standards?
This stage of the process, to a greater extent than the others, USD had to provide evidence of the university's educational objectives and demonstrate student learning appropriate to the degrees offered and awarded. The EER focused on the university's three self-study themes:
- Defining, Evaluating, and Enhancing Educational Effectiveness
- Advancing Diversity in Campus Structure, Climate, and Curriculum
- Creating and Sustaining Innovative Learning Spaces
The report also addressed recommendations made by the WASC Senior Commission in their letter following the Capacity and Preparatory Review.
USD submitted its Educational Effectiveness Review Report to WASC on December 22, 2011. The site team visit occurred February 29 – March 2, 2012, and team members held scheduled meetings with various constituent groups on campus. USD received the site team's report on April 20, 2012, and received the Accrediting Commission's letter reaffirming the university's accreditation on July 11, 2012.