WASC Reaccreditation

Accreditation Process


Accreditation by a US Secretary of Education approved regional accreditation agency, such WASC (in the case of institutions in California) 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. As part of the 2010 cycle of reaccreditation the campus was 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. These are archived in links at left.

The 2020 cycle will be follow the The relatively new WASC 2013 Handbook of Accreditation. Some major milestones in that process are listed below.

Ongoing Assessment of Student Learning and Data Collection  
  • As part of an ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, all departments are assessing student learning, in terms of departmental student learning outcomes, at least once a year and reflecting on the results. The Office of Evaluation is supporting departments in these efforts and compiling related documentation. 
  • Various offices on campus- including the Office of Strategic Academic Research and Analysis, The Academic Senate, The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Office of Evaluation and Assessment- are collecting and compiling relevant data as part of an ongoing process.
The Institutional Proposal
  • In 2016 UCR will submit the Institutional Proposal, a lengthy document supported by additional documentation, which will address the following major issues:
    • Introduction, Institutional Context and Response to Previous WASC Actions
    • Compliance with Standards, Self-Review and Compliance Checklist
    • The Meaning, Quality and Integrity of Degrees
    • Student Learning, Core Competencies and Standards of Performance at Graduation
    • Evidence of Student Success, such as Student Learning, Retention and Graduation
    • Quality Assurance and Improvement, including Program Review and Use of Data as Evidence
    • Financial Viability, Preparation for Change and Sustainability
    • Institutional Specific Themes
      • In 2010 cycle UCR focused on (1) Learning within a Campus Culture of Diversity, (2) Growing and Improving Graduate and Professional Programs, (3) Improving Undergraduate Student Engagement, Experience, and Learning Outcomes
The Capacity and Preparatory Review
  • In 2018 UCR will submit the Capacity and Preparatory Review. This document will provide additional details on the adequacy of finances, facilities, human capital, information resources, quality assurance processes, and other aspects of institutional infrastructure.
  • This report will also develop the campus themes in more detail.
The Off Site Visit
  • A new feature of the reaccreditation process, intended to save costs, the off site visit allows WASC staff to engage with the campus via video conference. Discussions focus on issues for follow up from the Institutional Proposal and Capacity and Preparatory Review as well as formulating questions and identifying issues to address on the on site visit.
  • The Off Site Visit is followed up by summary documentation from WASC and begins the process of making arrangements for the onsite visit, approximately 12 months later.
The On Site Visit
  • During this three day visit the WASC team meets with campus representatives to follow up on outstanding issues and verify or revise preliminary findings.

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