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 the 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

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) reaffirmation commission action letter of July 11, 2012 recommended three areas in need of further attention and development at USD: undergraduate core curriculum, diversity, and academic program review. The USD 2016 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. WSCUC's response back to USD was made via a 2017 Interim Report Action Summary that commended USD's work on the undergraduate core curriculum and academic program review, and provided recommendations for further development of diversity. USD will provide a response in 2021 when the institution comes up for its next reaffirmation with WSCUC. For more information on the 2021 reaffirmation process, click "important dates" on the left hand side menu.