Definition of WASC

  2012 WASC Commission Action Letter

Contact Information

Alana Olschwang, Director
Institutional Effectiveness and WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer
CGU • Harper Hall
150 East Tenth Street
Claremont, California 91711
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WASC Accreditation

Claremont Graduate University was reaffirmed for WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation on July 7, 2014.

WASC provided CGU with a reaffirmation of accreditation for 8 years. Details are provided in the WASC Commission Action Letter.

You may contact WASC at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501. Phone: (310) 748-9001, Fax: (310) 748-9797, E-mail: wascsr@wascsenior.org 

Definition of WASC

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is a non-profit organization that evaluates the quality and educational effectiveness of schools, colleges, and universities. 

WASC is one of six regional accreditation agencies in the United States. While it is not officially regulated by the government, it is regularly reviewed by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Institutions must maintain accreditation status to be eligible to receive federal financial aid and for other accredited schools to accept transfer units.

WASC grants and approves reaccreditation status for institutions for up to ten years, and oversees substantive changes such as new degrees, distance education formats, and degrees granted across institutions.

Next Steps

CGU will submit an interim report in Spring, 2014. This report will focus on:

- Strengthening diversity.
- Consistent use of assessment data for improvement across departments and schools.
- A strategic enrollment plan.
- Formal faculty evaluation process. 
- Continuing the momentum to enhance Transdisciplinary Studies.

Additional documentation for the community within CGU is available on the CGU  portal in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness Community .

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