SF State receives 10-year reaccreditation

Citing SF State's commitment to its academic mission during financially difficult times, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has reaccredited the University for 10 years, the maximum time period for which WASC issues reaccreditation.

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The WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities praised the progress made on the three themes chosen for emphasis during the review -- social justice and civic engagement, the changing university, and student success -- as well as the University's collaboration and focus during the review process.

In particular, the Commission commended the University for maintaining the quality of its academic programs during the budget crisis and for its steady increase in graduation rates, especially among minority students. The WASC team also described SF State as "the gold standard in its commitment to diversity as an intellectual, and talent resource" and noted the University's renown for incorporating social justice and civic engagement into all aspects of campus life.

"Despite many challenges, SF State has not wavered from its commitment to provide a quality education to all and to serve as a leader in diversity, social justice and civic engagement," said President Leslie E. Wong. "I want to thank Provost Sue Rosser, Associate Vice President Linda Buckley and the entire campus community for their tireless efforts to demonstrate to the WASC Commission the many strengths of this University."

Reaccreditation preserves access to federal funding, including funding for student financial aid and research grants. It also ensures students' credit for courses taken at SF State are accepted at graduate schools and other undergraduate universities. During the multi-year review process, the University demonstrated to WASC the work done to maintain a strong curriculum, foster student success and further its institutional mission. In March, a review committee from WASC visited the campus to meet with students, faculty and staff and learn about the University's programs.

Click here to view a PDF of the WASC Commission action letter. 

-- Jonathan Morales