Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities.

The purpose of WASC 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 WASC Steering Committee guides the accreditation process at CLU.  WASC Accreditation is an ongoing process informed by stages and documents:  

Previous Accreditation Review:

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

Upcoming Accreditation Review:

  • Audited Financial Report and Financial Ratios       
  • WASC Annual Report                                     April 2014
  • Retention and Graduation Report                     April 2014
  • Institution Report due to WASC Staff               June-September 2014
  • Offsite Review                                             September-December, 2014
  • Response to Offsite Review Report                   8 weeks before visit
  • Accreditation Visit                                         Spring 2015-Fall 2015
  • Response to visit report                                 
  • Commission meeting                                       June 2015 or February 2016
  • Action Letter                                                July 2015 or March 2016

Following the 2007 Educational Effectiveness Review visit, California Lutheran University Earns WASC Re-Accreditation

Commission gives CLU high marks for faculty involvement and diversity programs

Leanne Neilson, Associate Provost, Graduate and Adult Programs and Accreditation, informed the California Lutheran University community on July 18, 2007 that “we completed the re-accreditation process and that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission reaffirmed our accreditation.”

In the final report, received by CLU on July 17, the commission commended the university for its continuous progress and commitment to building a comprehensive system of quality assurance and for the seriousness with which the university community was engaged in the entire accreditation review process.

“The team further found that issues of diversity, quality of graduate programs and the assessment of student learning have been addressed in a meaningful and in-depth manner by CLU,” wrote Ralph A. Wolff, president and executive director of WASC. The commission also commended the university’s effort to improve faculty compensation and its creation of a Center for Equality and Justice. The visiting team’s report highlighted the Festival of Scholars program, where students present their scholarship to the CLU community, as “most impressive.” The commission’s praise confirms our conviction that we are providing our students with a high-quality education.

The WASC Accrediting Commission scheduled the next comprehensive visit for spring 2014. The University Community is able to access the Educational Effectiveness Report, the WASC Visiting Team Report, and the WASC Commission Reaccreditation Letter on the CLU Portal.

Associate Provost Neilson expressed thanks to faculty, staff, and administration for their involvement and commitment to this process!

WASC Task Force on Student Success