Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation
At the institutional level, CSU, Chico is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.
The WSCUC accreditation process aids our campus in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that we have met high standards of quality and effectiveness.
Our last WSCUC review was completed in 2009. CSU, Chico received a full ten-year reaccreditation. Building on that success, we continue to maintain high-quality degree programs as well as to work on key priority areas identified in our prior review. It is now time for us to document our ongoing efforts to promote student success and institutional effectiveness as we prepare to seek reaffirmation of WSCUC accreditation. The Institutional Review Process involves an in-depth evaluation by a team of peers that will be appointed by WSCUC. The first step is for the campus to prepare an Institutional Report that will form the basis for the first review phase, which is an offsite meeting scheduled for Fall 2018 with the team. The team will then conduct an accreditation visit to campus during Spring 2019. The evaluation team then prepares a report that will be submitted to the Commission with the team's recommendations regarding our accreditation status.
An Accreditation Planning Committee has been established to begin preparation for this process. The committee will be recommending campus-wide actions and activities, as well as the formation of an Accreditation Steering Committee and Accreditation Working Groups, to help prepare our Institutional Report and coordinate subsequent accreditation reviews and visits.
The 2013 Handbook of Accreditation Revised is the guiding document we will use throughout the process.
This site will serve as the home for information and participation regarding the accreditation process. Please check back frequently to follow our progress toward successful reaccreditation.
Summer Orientation students stroll pass the iconic Kendall Hall on a tour of the Chico State campus.