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.

Introduction

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 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(s) of the university’s next self-study was submitted to WSCUC February 2019

 

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

 


Cal Poly's Ten-Year Review Cycle

WASC Timetable 2012 to 2022
Date Step
Spring 2012 End of previous cycle (based on WSCUC commission action)
Spring 2015 Submission of interim report
Spring 2017 Mid-cycle review
January 2019 Selection of theme(s) by Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong
Spring 2019 Self-study proposal submitted
Winter 2022 Self-study report submitted (estimated)
Spring 2022 Accreditation visit

Related Content

Academic Programs and Planning

The Office of Academic Programs and Planning (APP) coordinates efforts between key stakeholders, faculty, staff, and students during each accreditation cycle.

APP Home Page

Reference Links

Useful links from WASC/WSCUC: