What is WASC Accreditation?
SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC accredits public and private colleges and universities in the western states and Hawaii. (Separate agencies accredit community colleges and high schools.). Only accredited institutions may administer federal financial aid to their students.
At SJSU, a Steering Committee representative of the entire SJSU community oversees our accreditation. It consists of faculty, staff, students, administrators, and community members who contribute to, and review, our WASC Institutional report. Senate Resolution SS-S12-1 describes the Committee and how it is formed. The current roster of the Steering Committee is found at: Steering Committee Members. Like all WASC schools, we also have an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) who communicates with WASC. This is currently Dr. Dennis Jaehne, the AVP of Undergraduate Studies and Interim Deputy Provost. The Faculty Chair of the Steering Committee, who helps assemble the Institutional report and coordinate the meetings and activities of the Steering Committee, Dr. Camille Johnson, Associate Professor in the Silicon Valley School of Management in the College of Business. The SJSU Director of Assessment, Dr. Jinny Rhee, is also a key member of the accreditation team. Members of the Steering Committee attend WASC trainings, workshops, WASC Academic Resource Conferences, and webinars. At these meetings, they learn about the WASC accreditation process, share the accomplishments of SJSU, and learn about the best practices from other institutions. Many of the materials from these workshops are available online.
The WASC accreditation process was recently revised and compressed. It now takes place over 18 months and requires only one on-site visit. The process is outlined in the WASC Handbook of Accreditation, which was finalized July 1, 2013.
In July 2015 the WASC Commision reaffirmed SJSU’s accreditation for seven years as summarized in its findings in the July 2015 letter. A Special Visit is scheduled for Spring 2017 to follow up on developments in the areas of leadership, organizational climate, shared governance, and campus climate.