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UC San Diego is accredited by the regional accreditor "WASC Senior College and University Commission" (WSCUC). Formerly, their name was WASC and throughout the next few months we will update this website to reflect WSCUC.

The website for WASC Senior College and University Commission is https://www.wscuc.org/. The handbook for accreditation is located on the website https://www.wscuc.org/resources/handbook-accreditation-2013. The contact information for WASC Senior College and University Commission is 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501; Phone: 510-748-9001; Fax: 510-748-9797.

Weblink to Statement of Accreditation: https://www.wscuc.org/institutions/university-california-san-diego

The campus is periodically reviewed to insure educational standards as set forth by WSCUC, continue to be 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.

Three accreditation committees: the Executive Steering Committee, the Senate-Administration Advisory Committee, and the Institutional Research Coordination Committee, lead and coordinate campus accreditation activities and solicit input from the broader campus community. Faculty, staff, and students who serve on these committees work together under the guidance of UC San Diego's accreditation liaison officer, Dean of Undergraduate Education, John C. Moore, to compile and prepare requisite accreditation documents. The last reaffirmation cycle consisted of three major phases and began in 2004 through 2010.

WSCUC, the Campus Community, and the public are invited to browse the campus accreditation website, and particularly to visit the website of the Campus Portrait.

Additionally, retention and graduation data for both undergraduate and graduate students can be found on the Student Achievement website at website: http://accreditation.ucsd.edu/wasc-guidelines/student-achievement.html

Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators

Student Achievement Data 

Retention and graduation data for both undergraduate and graduate students is provided in compliance with the WASC Senior College and Unviersity Commission (WSCUC) Criteria for Review 1.2. To help students, parents and the public learn about UC San Diego, we are providing a number of resources, data summaries and publications for you to utilize by clicking on the topics below or by visiting the website at http://accreditation.ucsd.edu/wasc-guidelines/student-achievement.html.

Upcoming Review

  • Institutional Report Due - February 12, 2019
  • Offsite Review - April 23, 2019
  • Accreditation Visit - November 20-22, 2019

Last Review

Additional Information 

  • UC San Diego General Catalog
    • Undergraduate Degree Requirements 
    • Credit Hour Policy - Quarter system (ten weeks of instruction), the credit hour in this policy will be reckoned the “one quarter-based hour of credit”. Definition of one hour of instruction. In this policy, one hour of instruction is reckoned to accrue from 50 minutes net of time spent in the classroom or in interaction with the instructor. Three-hour work unit. In agreement with the WASC Senior College and University Commission’s (WSCUC) Credit Hour Policy, the three-hour work unit as a commonly accepted quantification of student academic learning shall be composed of (1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction or instructor-led discussion and a minimum of two hours of out-of- class student work each week of the ten week quarter; or (2) an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.