Cal Poly Accreditation Overview

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's accreditation was reaffirmed in 2012. Plans are underway for the next review in Spring 2022.


The United States has a system of regional accreditation for institutions of higher education — a system that affirms the quality of students' education and the institution's ability to receive federal funding, such as financial aid. Universities in California and Hawai'i (and even some internationally) are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), specifically through the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).


Cal Poly is proud to say that its WSCUC accreditation was re-affirmed in Spring 2012 for the longest possible period of ten years. At that time, the commission encouraged the university to stay focused on issues of diversity and the assessment of student learning; the commission also asked for these issues to be addressed in an interim report, which was submitted in Spring 2015. Like all institutions with a ten-year period of review, Cal Poly was also required to undergo a midterm review five years into the cycle. This review consisted of an examination by WSCUC of data reported to the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), as well as information provided by the Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators, a WSCUC report that documents the assessment process for each of the university’s academic programs. See the calendar on this page for a fuller picture of the current review cycle.


Cal Poly has been approved to follow the new Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) of the university’s WSCUC accreditation. A submission proposing the theme of the university’s next self-study was submitted to WSCUC February 2019. Cal Poly received an approval letter by the accrediting commission July 2019. 


For more information about the Thematic Pathway process and theme selection, click here.


Cal Poly's Ten-Year Accreditation Review Cycle (2012-2022)

Quarter Step
Spring 2012 End of previous cycle (based on WSCUC action)
Spring 2015 Submission of interim report
Spring 2017 Mid-cycle review
Winter 2019 Self-study proposal submitted
Spring 2019 Self-study proposal approved by WSCUC
Fall/Winter 2022 Self-study report to be submitted
winter/Spring 2022 Accreditation visit

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