University Accreditation 2025

As part of maintaining university accreditation, Cal State East Bay (and all California State University’s) periodically undergo a reaffirmation of accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Watch the WSCUC brief video, What is Accreditation and Why Does it Matter to me?

 

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The goal of our reaffirmation review in 2025 is Cal State East Bay’s demonstration of the ongoing improvement of student learning, student success, and institutional effectiveness. This process affirms the University is meeting acceptable levels of quality demonstrating compliance with WSCUC standards and federal regulations. Reaffirmation also helps to ensure credits and degrees earned by students are continued to be recognized for employment and transfer to other institutions. It is also required for state funding and federal aid.

 

2025 reaffirmation schedule with
WASC Senior College and University Commission

DATE ACTION ITEM
Fall 2022 Form Institutional Review Process committees
Spring 2023 Committees begin Self-Study
Fall 2023 Committees continue Self-Study
Spring 2024 Submit Self-Study Report to WSCUC
Fall 2024 WSCUC Off-site Review
Spring 2025 WSCUC Accreditation Visit and Review

 

Based largely on existing groups, Institutional Review Process committees form representing leadership, faculty, staff, and students throughout the entire institution.  After receiving guidance on the process, committees complete a Self-Review of WSCUC Standards and write a Self-Study Report.  When finalized in the fall 2022 term, committees will be posted here.   

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) was formed in 1962 to promote the development of higher education in the Western region when it took over and further formalized the work of its predecessor organization, the Western College Association. WASC was previously incorporated as a single 510c3 entity that encompassed the three commissions (WASC Senior College and University Commission, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges).

In 2012-2013 the three Commissions re-incorporated as separate entities that share the same “WASC” acronym but are otherwise separate organizations with independent scopes and governance structures. The entity within WASC that reaffirms Cal State East Bay's accreditation is WSCUC – WASC Senior College and University Commission. Within the University community, the acronyms WSCUC and WASC are often used interchangeably.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are those learning outcomes that are expected of every graduate of the institution, both undergraduate and graduate and are closely aligned with General Education requirements.

This WSCUC phrase refers to the goals, coherence, sequencing, alignment, resourcing, and overall quality of the educational experience leading to conferral of an institution’s degree.

Standards of Accreditation are the principles used as a basis for judgment in accreditation reviews. WSCUC has four Standards which are used as a basis for evaluation in accreditation reviews:
     

  • Standard 1: Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives
  • Standard 2: Achieving Educational Objectives through Core Functions
  • Standard 3: Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Quality and                                    Sustainability
  • Standard 4: Creating an Organization Committed to Quality Assurance, Institutional Learning, and                                          Improvement

 

Criteria for Review (CFR) are more specific than the four Standards of Accreditation and are intended to define and explain the Standards. Substantial compliance with both the Standards and Criteria for Review is required for reaffirmation and guides the institution in assessing institutional performance, identifying areas needing improvement, and making improvements on an ongoing basis. WSCUC evaluation results from an institutional site visit form the basis for the WSCUC’s Commission decision about an institution’s accreditation status.

The Standards and Criteria are available in the WSCUC 2013 Handbook of Accreditation. Brief explanations can be found in the WSCUC 2013 Standards at a Glance.

 

After the site visit in spring of 2025, the WSCUC team members will prepare and send the University their report on the visit and our institutional self-study. President Sandeen will have the opportunity to submit a response. WSCUC will then send an action letter to President Sandeen and the University's Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dean Scharberg. The action letter will then be distributed to the campus community along with next steps the university community will take to implement these action items. WSCUC will also publish the action letter and team report on its website.

As the spring 2025 site visit approaches, WSCUC will create a confidential email account for their visit to Cal State East Bay. This email address will be shared with the entire campus community, and will give those who cannot or do not wish to attend one of the open meetings an opportunity to communicate with the WSCUC visiting team. The assistant chair of the visiting team will read all emails carefully, but will not respond to them, and will not include any comments in the team report unless it has an opportunity to investigate them and the institution has an opportunity during the visit to respond.