Campus: Stanislaus -- August 24, 2006

California State University, Stanislaus to be used as Model for Accreditation Proposals

California State University, Stanislaus' proposal for reaccreditation has been named exemplary by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and will be used as a training model for other institutions that are preparing for accreditation reviews.

WASC endorsed CSU Stanislaus at the maximum level for its Institutional Proposal for reaccreditation, the first of three documents that will be submitted for the University's reaffirmation of accreditation. Upon commending CSU Stanislaus and its team for submitting an exemplary institutional proposal, WASC requested permission to use the material as a training model for other institutions.

"Stanislaus State's institutional proposal is outstanding and indicative of the institution's deep commitment to student and institutional learning," said Richard Winn, Associate Director of WASC. "…The proposal shows every evidence of an active, forward-leaning institution that provides a rich learning environment for its students, faculty, and staff."

CSU Stanislaus President Ham Shirvani said, "I am truly honored by the University receiving such high praise from WASC. This monumental reaccreditation effort affirms the institution's continued commitment to academic excellence and institutional quality."

Shirvani continued, "This achievement is reflective of the outstanding faculty, staff, and students we have at this great University."

The Institutional Proposal serves as a framework for the accreditation review process, representing a plan of action and commitment by CSU Stanislaus and describing the University's most important features including goals and outcomes. The University's Self-Study Team of faculty, staff, students, and administrators developed the proposal.

CSU Stanislaus will now focus on developing the Capacity and Preparatory Review and the Educational Effectiveness Review, the final two steps required for reaffirming an educational institution's accreditation. The reaccreditation process will be complete by 2010.

In 1998, CSU Stanislaus was awarded the highest possible evaluation from WASC, receiving the maximum 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation. WASC is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.

Contact: Don Hansen, 209-667-3997

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