Cal Poly's Ten-Year 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 Submission of self-study proposal
Summer 2019 Approval of self-study proposal by WSCUC
Summer/Fall 2019 Formation of Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) governance structure: Leadership Committee, Steering Committee, three Working Groups with wide campus representation
Fall 2019 — Summer 2020 Working Groups research subthemes and relevant data
Fall 2020 Working Groups design preliminary outlines of essays for institutional report
Winter 2021 Working Groups create detailed outlines of essays
Spring 2021 Working Groups write full draft of essays
Summer 2021 Working Groups submit final essays for institutional report; introduction and conclusion finalized; report assembled
Fall 2021/Winter 2022 Submission of self-study report
winter/Spring 2022 Accreditation visit and commission action


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 what used to be called the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) but which is now officially known as the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).


Cal Poly's Accreditation

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 mid-cycle 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 assessment practices at the institution and program levels. The university also provided a link to its newly prepared set of Student Achievement Measures webpages.

Cal Poly's office of Academic Programs and Planning, under the leadership of the Associate Vice Provost as Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), maintains Cal Poly's WSCUC accreditation. Since the last reaffirmation in 2012, activities have included:

  • Preparing and submitting the interim report
  • Meeting the requirements of the mid-cycle review
  • Providing required information for the annual report
  • Complying with the requirements for substantive review of new programs

Beginning in AY 2018-19, the office also began to prepare the university to follow the Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) of its WSCUC accreditation. This process will include an institutional report, a site visit, and a commission decision in spring 2022. For more information about the process and selection of themes, click here.

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