Current Reaccreditation Process

Reaccreditation Process 2016-2018

Over the next two years, the University of San Francisco will be 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.

The reaffirmation process typically lasts approximately two years and begins with a self-study where institutions review their compliance with the 2013 Standards of Accreditation and applicable federal regulations. Institutions then demonstrate that compliance in an Institutional Report. The components of the Institutional Report will demonstrate 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. This report will address the University’s areas of strength and progress, as well as challenges. Further, it details how the University will respond to the changing landscape of higher education and continue to serve its student population and the public.

This reaffirmation process culminates with an Off-site Review (May 10th, 2018) and an Accreditation Visit (October 8 - 10th, 2018) from an evaluation team that will be comprised of per reviewers and WSCUC representatives.


Download the Reaffirmation of WSCUC Accreditation Timeline

Reaffirmation of WSCUC Accreditation Timeline
Appoint Steering CommitteeJune - July  2016
Steering Committee kickoffAugust 8, 2016
Additional members join committeeSeptember 2016
Leads review USF WSCUC Accreditation HistorySeptember 2016
Dick Osborn Visit - Workshop (video viewable on Firefox browser only)October 7, 2016
Leads convene SubcommitteesOctober 28, 2016
OAAS completes Compliance ChecklistOctober 28, 2016
Subcommittees complete Review WorksheetsNovember 21, 2016
Subcommittees identify Important Issues for each area - Strengths and WeaknessesNovember 21, 2016
Subcommittees flesh out important issues - Create initial report and recommendations to Steering CommitteeDecember 12, 2016
Steering Committee continues to meet to review Subcommittee recommendations, create task list and oversee completion of tasksOctober 2016 - December 2017
Institution Self-StudyOctober 2016 - December 2017
WSCUC ARC training on reaffirmationApril 19 - 21, 2017
Reconfigure Subcommittees for preparation of Institutional ReportApril 2017
Prepare Institutional ReportMay 2017December 2017
Update Review WorksheetMay 2017 December 2017
Update IEEIMay 2017 - December 2017
Draft Institutional Report to Senior AdministrationOctober 2017
Draft Institutional Report to Dick OsbornNovember 2017
Submission of Institutional ReportMarch 8, 2018
Offsite Review (OSR)May 10, 2018
Response to Lines of InquiryAugust 14, 2018
Accreditation Visit (AV)October 8 - 10, 2018
Reviewed by CommissionFebruary 13 - 15, 2019