Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that accredit public and private higher education institutions.

The purpose of WSCUC is to ensure that an institution has the capacity (infrastructure, decision-making processes and resources) and educational effectiveness (ability to deliver curriculum) to sustain itself.

The WSCUC Steering Committee guides the accreditation process at Cal Lutheran.  WSCUC Accreditation is an ongoing process informed by stages and documents:  

Current Accreditation (In 2015, WSCUC reaffirmed Cal Lutheran's accreditation for 10 years!)

Upcoming Accreditation Review Processes:

  • Audited Financial Report and Financial Ratios

    Submitted to WSCUC each April

    WSCUC Annual Report

    Prepared each April

    WSCUC Retention and Graduation Report*

    Prepared each April

    Progress Report on action items

    Spring 2018

    Mid-Cycle Review and Special Visit on action items

    Spring 2020

    Offsite Review

    Fall, 2024

    Response to Offsite Review Report

    Winter 2025

    Accreditation Visit

    Spring 2025

    Response to visit report

    Spring 2025

    Commission meeting

    June 2025 or February, 2026

    Next Action Letter

    Summer 2025 or Spring 2026

Previous Accreditation Review Documents:

  • Capacity and Preparatory Review (2005)
  • Educational Effectiveness Review (2007)

For addition information and documentation, please visit the Cal Lutheran Accreditation webpage

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University is currently accredited by