WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation

About WSCUC

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), also known as ‘the Commission’, is a regional accrediting agency, established for the purposes of accrediting senior colleges and universities throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific and a limited number of international institutions. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education provided by member institutions of higher education offering the associate degree, baccalaureate degree and post-baccalaureate degrees.

Purpose of WSCUC

The Purposes of WSCUC Accreditation

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. The accreditation process is also 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 Commission accredits institutions, not individual programmes. Therefore, in addition to assessing the academic quality and educational effectiveness of institutions, the Commission emphasizes institutional structures, processes, and resources.

(Sources: WSCUC website and WSCUC 2013 Handbook of Accreditation Revised, page 4)

WSCUC Leadership

WSCUC Leadership

WSCUC President: Dr. Mary Ellen Petrisko

WSCUC Staff Liaison to USP: Dr. Maureen A. Maloney

USP Leadership

Key Role Holders at The University of the South Pacific

Chief Executive Officer: Prof. Rajesh Chandra (Vice-Chancellor and President)

Accreditation Liaison Officer and Chief Academic Officer: Prof. Richard K. Coll (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services)

Chief Financial Officer: Mr. Kolinio Boila (Executive Director of Finance)

Board Chair: Mr. Winston Thomson (Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council)

USP's Commitment

Priority Area 1: Learning and Teaching

Objective 2 – To ensure programmes continue to be relevant and responsive to the needs of the region

Priority Area 7: Governance, Management, Leadership and Continuous Improvement

Objective 26 – To ensure quality is paramount in all University processes and functions

Additional Information

Learn more about WSCUC

For more information about WSCUC, please visit https://www.wscuc.org/.