Occidental College successfully completed the process of reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2012.
Institutional accreditation in the United States is a voluntary and non-governmental process in which Occidental College participates as a public acknowledgment of the college's commitment to ongoing improvement in its educational effectiveness, especially with regard to student learning.
Occidental College was first accredited by WASC in 1949, and our last reaffirmation of accreditation took place in 2012. Updates on our current accreditation status can be found on the WASC Membership page.
The WASC accreditation process involved three phases that took place over approximately four years. Each phase included an institutional self-study report, and the last two included site visits from WASC-appointed peer evaluator teams. Our next visit is scheduled for 2021. Please see the links below for more information on each phase and the final approval letter of the final results:
- Institutional Proposal
- Capacity & Preparatory Review
- Educational Effectiveness (EE) Review
- WASC Commission Action Letter (2012)
Questions, suggestions, or feedback regarding accreditation can be sent at any time to either the Chief Academic Officer or the Accreditation Liaison Officer.
- Chief Academic Officer: Jorge Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accreditation Liaison Officer: Hanna Spinosa email@example.com
- Hanna Spinosa, Ph.D.:
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
- Data Requests: firstname.lastname@example.org