SJSU’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

WASC noted SJSU presented "a detailed and organized approach to describe assessment" of five core competencies, with a special focus on information literacy and writing (photo by Christina Olivas).

In a letter reaffirming the university’s accreditation, WASC noted SJSU presented a detailed and organized approach to describing assessment of five core competencies, with a special focus on information literacy and writing.

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SAN JOSE, CA – The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has reaffirmed San Jose State University’s accreditation for seven years.

“Let me express my appreciation to the many members of the SJSU community who contributed to this reaffirmation of university accreditation,” said President Mo Qayoumi.

Over the last several years, the campus community engaged in extensive dialogue, data gathering and self-reflection in preparation for an accreditation review by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

These efforts culminated in an institutional self-study report that SJSU submitted to the commission. WSCUC representatives reviewed that report, visited SJSU in April, and submitted a report to the full commission in May.

The commission considered the report and summarized its findings in a July 15 letter to SJSU. The commission’s findings included many commendations and, as anticipated, noted concerns about campus climate and governance.

“As many of you know, these concerns have been subjects of considerable ongoing discussion and action within our community,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “Plans are in the works for a broad campus discussion of these efforts this fall.”

The commission intends to follow up in 2017 to review progress on campus climate and governance.

About San Jose State

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 134 areas of study with 110 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 30,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.