WSCUC Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Timely, relevant information related to the University of San Francisco's WSCUC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process will be posted on this page. In particular, you will find:

Reaccreditation Process 2016 - Present

Over the past two years, the University of San Francisco has been actively engaged in a self-study in support of the reaffirmation of accreditation process with our accreditor, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The overriding purpose of WSCUC accreditation is to assure stakeholders that a WSCUC-accredited institution has been rigorously evaluated and that it meets or exceeds the criteria required to maintain accreditation. In addition, the accreditation process is designed to build a culture of evidence, promote a commitment to institutional improvement, validate institutional integrity, and provide feedback that improves the accreditation process itself.

In March 2018, USF submitted an Institutional Report that demonstrated how the University community works collectively to further its mission, vision and values and to ensure educational quality and student success in an evidence-based culture of improvement.

The self-study culminated in an Accreditation Visit on October 8 - 10, 2018 with a review team comprised of peer reviewers and a WSCUC representative. The review team verbally presented draft commendations and recommendations at the end of visit and USF received the WSCUC Review Team Report on November 30, 2018, which set out the team's final recommendations. The WSCUC Commission will act on the visit in February 2019. In the meantime, USF will begin preparing action plans to respond to the team's recommendations. This page will be regularly updated with the action plans and the progress made on them.

WSCUC Review Team Report

Action Plans

In response to the following WSCUC Accreditation Team's recommendations, action plans are currently in development. Tasks will be added to the action plans and progress on those tasks will be updated as appropriate. 

Recommendation point person(S) action plan
Develop and articulate strategic goals and objectives to guide initiatives and resource development that align with the University mission and a vision of the future (CFRs 3.7 4.5, 4.6, 4.7) Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.
Strategy & Objectives Action Plan (To be Posted)
Develop a formal deliberative body, independent of the Faculty Association Policy Boards, to establish shared governance that will improve lines of communication and ensure participatory decision-making (CFRs 2.4, 3.10, 4.5, 4.6) Donald E. Heller
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Faculty Governance Action Plan - Updated 02/12/19
Address pressing issues facing the Law School, including permanent leadership, admissions profile, improvement in the bar passage rate, fiscal stability, and the placement of graduates (CFRs 1.6, 2.1, 2.6, 2.10-2.14, 4.4, 4.5)

Donald E. Heller
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Susan Freiwald
Interim Dean, School of Law

School of Law Action Plan - Updated 01/14/19
Build expertise in program review and planning at the department and program level, and support professional development for the assessment of learning outcomes in both curricular and co-curricular programs (CFRs 3.4, 4.4)

Shirley McGuire
Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

Deborah L. Panter
Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness

Program Review & Assessment Action Plan - Updated 02/07/19
Develop formal, timely and informative channels of communication that allow for advice and dialogue across the campus prior to major decision-making and implementation (CFRs 3.7, 4.2, 4.3)

Ellen Ryder
Vice President
Marketing Communications

Deborah L. Panter
Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness

Communication Action Plan - Updated 07/22/19
Improve methods of systematically surveying alumni in order to create a fuller picture of the impact of a USF education (CFR 4.1)

Peter J. Wilch
Vice President

Preston Walton
Senior Associate Vice President

Alumni Data Action Plan - Updated 01/09/2019


Expanded Reaffirmation of WSCUC Accreditation Timeline (Archived) »

Event Dates
Appoint Steering Committee June - July  2016
Dick Osborn Visit - Workshop (video viewable on Firefox browser only) October 7, 2016
Leads convene Subcommittees October 28, 2016
Institution Self-Study, including Steering Committee subcommittees identifying strengths and weaknesses, making recommendations, creating a task list based on those recommendations, and monitoring the progress of those tasks October 2016 - September 2018
Prepare Institutional Report December 2017 - March 2018
Submit Institutional Report March 8, 2018
Offsite Review (OSR) May 10, 2018
Respond to the Lines of Inquiry September 7, 2018
Accreditation Visit (AV) October 8 - 10, 2018
Reviewed by Commission February 21, 2019