Loma Linda University (LLU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC has a three-stage accreditation process: Proposal, Capacity and Preparatory Review, and Educational Effectiveness Review. The focus has switched from inputs to outcomes, as WASC seeks to promote capacity building for student learning success. LLU recently completed the third stage of the process.
Information is provided here to help faculty, administrators, staff and students to better understand the accreditation process and to learn how to prepare for each stage of the process.
WASC's new multi-stage process helps institutions to study themselves through the filter of student learning and everything that supports and promotes it. WASC does not seek rigid compliance to its Standards and Criteria for Review (CFRs), but rather urges institutions to develop their own approaches to meeting them that fits within their unique mission. The accreditation cycle guides institutions through a transformative process that builds their capacity for educational effectiveness.
The LLU documents submitted to WASC and WASC's response documents during each phase of the cycle can be found here.
- Institutional Proposal - LLU submitted its proposal to WASC in 2007. The proposal shares the institution's plan to meet WASC's Standards and CFRs and outlines the multi-year process and reports.
- Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) - The WASC site visit team came to LLU for its CPR visit on October 8-10, 2008. Their task was to evaluate our capacity to proceed to the Educational Effectiveness Review Stage.
- Educational Effectiveness Review (EER) - LLU's final visit in the WASC accreditation process was on October 27-29, 2010, when the WASC site visit team evaluated LLU's educational effectiveness.