Our Polytechnic Identity in the 21st Century

What is WASC?

WASC is the acronym for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six regional organizations that the federal government has authorized to accredit institutions of higher learning.

Cal Poly and the WASC Cycle

Cal Poly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) every ten years. During the accreditation process, Cal Poly completes a self-study process, where we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of our programs—both curricular and co-curricular.  The vehicle for doing this is the self-study, which asks us to define an inquiry that can measurably improve student learning, an exercise in collaboration and in thinking that is both critical and creative, to cite our own University Learning Objectives. 

Cal Poly submitted its most recent interim report to WASC in March 2015.  We begin a new self- study in Fall 2019 and complete the next cycle in Spring 2022. 

What is the Timeline for Cal Poly's Next Accreditation Cycle?

WASC Timetable 2015 to 2022
DAte activity
March 1, 2015 Interim Report Submitted to WASC
Spring 2017 Mid-Cycle Review Due
Fall 2019 Begin Self-Study
Spring 2022 Accreditation visit by WASC team, and end of current accreditation cycle

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