Cal Poly entrance with signs saying "Welcome," "Learn by Doing," and "Mustangs." Trees and plants surround the signs. The sky is blue with light gray clouds dotting the scene.

The office of Academic Programs and Planning serves as the main liaison for Cal Poly's accreditation.



Cal Poly has been fully accredited since 1951 and was most recently reaffirmed by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) in spring 2012. At that time, the commission encouraged the university to stay focused on issues of diversity and the assessment of student learning.


Current Self-Study

In AY 2018-19, Academic Programs and Planning started to prepare the university to follow the Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR). In July 2019, Cal Poly received an approval letter from WSCUC to explore the following theme:

Promoting the Success of All Cal Poly Students While Achieving the Goals of the CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025.

Specifically, Cal Poly's focus is on the following three sub-themes: 

  • Recruiting and Retaining a More Diverse Community of Students, Staff, and Faculty
  • Developing a Campus Culture that Is Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive
  • Teaching and Learning How to Live and Work in a Diverse World

On February 16, 2022, Cal Poly submitted the institutional report for its Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation. Campus and community members are invited to read it here.

Learn more about the timeline process and selection of themes here.



Site Visit — April 27-29, 2022

As the next step in Cal Poly’s accreditation process, a five-member team consisting of representatives from fellow California institutions of higher education visited the campus April 27-29. All members of the university community, including students, staff, and faculty, were invited to participate.

Following the visit, the WSCUC team report and recommendation will be reviewed on June 22-23, 2022, at which time a decision will be made on the university's accreditation.


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