UCI Accreditation


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UC Irvine is fully accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges(WSCUC), California’s regional accrediting agency. Upon receipt of a WSCUC Action Letter dated March 11, 2013, the campus has completed the WSCUC three stage reaffirmation of accreditation process. Being accredited means that the campus has met rigorous standards for quality, capacity, and effectiveness. Only accredited institutions can administer federal student financial aid. Click here to review the final report.

The reaffirmation of accreditation completed in 2012 was a multi-year, self-study process that formally engaged the campus in institution-wide reflection on capacity and educational effectiveness. The first stage was the development of the Institutional Proposal submitted and approved in Fall 2009, the second stage was the Capacity and Preparatory Review completed during Spring 2011, and third stage was the Educational Effectiveness Reviewcompleted during Fall 2012.

The Institutional Proposal is the first stage in the reaccreditation review cycle and guides the entire review process. It introduces the three themes and their research questons that the campus has selected for in-depth study and establishes a framework for connecting the campus context and priorities with the Standards of Accreditation. Once accepted by WSCUC, the proposal serves as the primary basis for both the institutional self-review and team evaluations. The Proposal was developed by the WSCUC Steering Committee. The final version was approved by the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, other senior administrators, Academic Senate leadership, and Deans and was submitted to WSCUC on November 1, 2009. Click here to view the WSCUC letter to UCI accepting the proposal. 

Following WSCUC’s acceptance of our Institutional Proposal, the second step in the reaccreditation process was the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR). The CPR evaluation focuses on the programs, policies, and infrastructure that prepares the campus for the last step in the process. Click here to view the Capacity and Preparatory Review Final Report from April 2011.

The third step in the reaccreditation process was the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). In this step, the three campus themes, as well as UCI’s research into Student Success, are explored in more depth, with special emphasis on the assessment and improvement of student learning and the development of a culture of organizational learning and improvement. UCI’s three themes are Student Learning in the Major, General Education, and Academic Program Review. UCI focused on transfer student success for the CPR, especially in the areas of writing and unit loads. Our investigations were followed by specific interventions. For our EER phase we are studying first generation/low income students to better understand how effective our programming is for their success and how we might improve our services. Click here to view the final Educational Effectiveness Review Report.

The purpose of this website is twofold: to inform the campus about reaccreditation plans and progress, and to document the review process for WSCUC and the external reviewers. The next comprehensive review of UCI by WSCUC will take place during Fall 2021, followed by a site visit tentatively scheduled for Fall 2022. Prior to those dates, this website will be revised to report on the process for the UCI community and to document it for WSCUC.