WASC Senior College and University Commission
Academy of Art University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of the seven regional associations that accredit public and private colleges and schools in the United States. WSCUC is located at 985 Atlantic Avenue #100, Alameda, CA, 94501. Tel. 510.748.9001.
WSCUC Accreditation for Online Programs
Both onsite and online degree programs at Academy of Art University are accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The following degree programs are not currently offered online: AA, BFA and MFA in Acting, MA in Advanced Architectural Design, BS in Game Programming, and AA in Automotive Restoration.
Academy of Art University received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2014 for a term of 7 years from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). At that time, WSCUC indicated particular concern that Academy of Art University engage with the recommendations of the Commission on five “areas for continuing action and development”: Leadership and Organizational Structure and Effectiveness (efficiency of decision-making and planning); The Faculty Role (engaging with the greater life of the institution); Student Success (improving graduation rates); Student Life (integrating the co-curriculum and maturing offerings); and Strategic Planning (centralized plans drawing on multiple perspectives, especially faculty). A Special Visit was held in September 2016, and at their meeting February 15-17, 2017, the Commission acknowledged the great progress made in each of the areas but in order to determine the level of sustainability and impact, the Commission voted to continue the Formal Notice of Concern through spring 2018.
Academy of Art University would like to thank WSCUC for its commendations of the university in the areas of: Responsiveness to the Findings and Recommendations of the 2014 WSCUC Team Report; Reduction of Direct Reports to the President, Reorganization of Management Structure, Additions to Management Team; Formative Efforts Toward the Engagement of Faculty through a more Participatory Process; Ongoing Integration of Co-Curricular Programs and Further Development of Co-Curricular Program Review; Systemic Approach to Forming the Comprehensive 5-year Strategic Plan.
Academy of Art University is committed to engaging with the recommendations of the Commission for further development: Decision-Making and Management (clarify process, define roles and responsibilities); Faculty Engagement (formalize shared governance); Faculty Roles and Responsibilities (foster faculty culture); Institutional Research Function (data and decision- making, persistence and graduation rates); Strategic Plan (bottom-up approach, data-driven changes).
The Commission has scheduled a special visit in spring 2018 that will focus on the university’s progress in addressing the Commission recommendations. Academy of Art University is required to fully address each area by the time of the special visit or the Commission will be required to issue a sanction. Many faculty and administrators in the Academy of Art University community will be collaborating on the various projects associated with continued action on these items.
The next WSCUC visit will be the special visit in spring 2018. The WASC Commission Letter can be found here. The visiting team report, which formed the basis for the Commission Action Letter, can be found here.
If you have any questions about WSCUC, please contact Cathy Corcoran (firstname.lastname@example.org), Academy of Art University’s WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer.