A three day visit from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) came to an end on Thursday, February 2 after an Exit Meeting was held at 11:30 am. The Commission was on campus for an on-site special visit from January 31 through February 2, after reaffirming the school’s accreditation for eight years in 2014. The WSCUC 2017 Special Visit Accreditation Team was made up of 5 members who stated their accommodations and recommendations at Thursday’s meeting before being shown thanks and escorted off campus.
Robert A. Underwood (Team Chair and President), Sandra V. Serrano (Chancellor), Erin S. Gore (Executive Vice President-National Manager), Tomoko T. Takahashi (Assistant Team Chair and Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment) and Maureen Maloney (WASC Liaison and Vice President) were kept busy during their three day visit with various meetings and discussions which they participated in to conduct their reports.
The WSCUC is a regional accrediting agency who serves a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific. They work through peer review, focusing on standards in which the membership has agreed upon to encourage the membership to grow and improve in ways to assure the membership and public that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public.
Because the WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, institutions certified by them become eligible for federal funding in many programs including student access to Federal Financial Aid. Accreditation has become important in the U.S. as higher education institutions now strive to be accredited and the majority of students choose to go to accredited institutions. Accreditation helps students know if an institution meets or exceeds the minimum standards of quality and helps them determined acceptable institutions for enrollment.
As of July 7, 2014 the WSCUC reaffirmed UH Maui College’s accreditation through June 2022. This process was done through the review of various documents and an on-site visit. The school was left with recommendations which were revisited during the most current on-site visit. Although UH Maui College was left with a couple new recommendations during the three day visit it is believed that they will be able to be achieved. The next visit from WSCUC has not been announced, however an official write-up containing the accommodations and recommendations from the meeting will be released in June.
If you would like to know more about WSCUC please visit their website at www.wascsenior.org or if you’re interested in learning more about UH Maui College’s accreditation please visit www.maui.hawaii.edu/accreditation/.