UC Santa Barbara Accreditation
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Accreditation Overview

UC Santa Barbara is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In order to retain that status, the campus is periodically reviewed to ensure that the educational standards described in the WASC 2008 Handbook of Accreditation are met. Reaffirmation of accreditation is a multi-year, self-study process that formally engages the campus in institution-wide reflection on educational capacity and performance. It is a rigorous examination of how institutional resources, structures, and processes are aligned with scholastic outcomes.

WASC Accreditation Steps

  1. Prepare and Submit Institutional Proposal (2009)

  2. Capacity and Preparatory Review (2011)

  3. Educational Effectiveness Review (2013)

WASC Standards of Accreditation

  • Standard 1: Defining institutional purpose and ensuring educational effectiveness

  • Standard 2: Achieving educational objectives through core functions

  • Standard 3: Developing and applying resources and organizational structures to ensure sustainability

  • Standard 4: Creating an organization committed to learning and improvement


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