Accreditation

Accreditation
Body

Saint Mary's College Accreditation

Since 1948, Saint Mary's College (SMC) has been accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Attaining and maintaining institutional accreditation is considered an imperative for all colleges and universities, as it ensures to the public an institution has been rigorously evaluated and deemed to have met high standards for quality and effectiveness. Accreditation confers a variety of benefits, especially providing students access to federal financial aid resources such as federal loans, grants, and work study.

WSCUC Reaffirmation Processes and Timeline at Saint Mary’s College

  1. SMC Institutional Report (self-study) was submitted on January 5, 2023
  2. Off-site review by WSCUC team took place on March 16, 2023
  3. On-campus site visit by WSCUC team took place on November 7-9, 2023 
  4. Panel with the commission scheduled on February 15, 2024
     

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Accreditation

If any questions or comments regarding Reaffirmation, please send an email to Makiko Imamura (mi2@stmarys-ca.edu), Vice Provost for Institutional and Educational Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO).
 

1. What is Accreditation and Re-Affirmation?

The WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission (WSCUC) is the higher education branch of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which affirms our quality and effectiveness, and allows us to receive federal funding. Re-affirmation is a 10 year cycle (typically) and we are approaching the end of our current ten year cycle. It is common for schools to have to complete an “interim report” or “have a special visit” between the 10 years. The process in WSCUC is Peer review, completed by a team of visiting personnel from our region, volunteer work by members of the team, with formal liaisons from the Commission Office, and a final review by a Commission panel.
 

2. What standards and Criteria will WSCUC use to evaluate SMC?

WSCUC will use 4 Standards and Criteria for Review (CFRs)
Standard 1: Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives 
Institutional Purposes
Standard 2: Achieving Educational Objectives Through Core Functions 
Standard 3: Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Quality and Sustainability 
Standard 4: Creating an Organization Committed to Quality Assurance, Institutional Learning, and Improvement
 

3. Who Are SMC WSCUC Lead Team members?

Makiko Imamura, Vice Provost for Institutional and Educational Effectiveness /  ALO
Jennifer Kulbeck, Associate Provost
Jim Sauerberg, Academic Senate Chair

  

Accreditation History

Since 1948, Saint Mary's College (SMC) has been accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Attaining and maintaining institutional accreditation is considered an imperative for all colleges and universities, as it ensures to the public an institution has been rigorously evaluated and deemed to have met high standards for quality and effectiveness. Accreditation confers a variety of benefits, especially providing students access to federal financial aid resources such as federal loans, grants, and work study.

Other SMC Accreditation

Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE)

School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA)

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 
    The Undergraduate Business majors (excluding Economics) and Graduate Business programs in the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary's College of California are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
     

Museum of Art

State Authorization