WSCUC Accreditation

What is WSCUC?

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) "is a regional accrediting agency for public and private higher education institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good".

What Does It Mean to be an Accredited Institution?

The status of accreditation indicates that an institution has fulfilled the requirements for accreditation such as a core commitment to: student learning and success; quality and improvement; and institutional integrity, sustainability, and accountability. For specific standards, see WASC 2013 Handbook of Accreditation Revised.

How Long Has USD Been an Accredited Institution?

USD was first granted institutional accreditation in 1956, with the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation occurring June 15, 2012. USD publicly shares its accreditation history and status on the WSCUC website.
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WSCUC Interim Report

USD provided an institutional response to the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC) reaccreditation action letter of July 11, 2012 regarding three areas in need of further attention and development: undergraduate core curriculum, diversity, and academic program review. The USD Special Interim Report Steering Committee identified the various initiatives underway in these three areas, documented the progress made, and explicated the future plans needed to sustain them.

USD 2016 WSCUC Interim Report