The California and Nevada campuses of Touro University completed in July 2010 a university-wide self-study process for re-accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) which allowed us to explore and build upon our strengths and to identify and address our challenges. Moreover, we used the re-accreditation process as an opportunity to increase collaborations between our two campuses in order to become a more effective university.
Faculty, staff, and students were engaged in this important process which began with our Institutional Proposal for the self-study which was submitted to WASC in October 2006 and accepted without changes in December 2006. A Capacity and Preparatory Review by WASC was held in California and in Nevada on November 11-14, 2008. In preparation for these visits, our campuses jointly submitted The Preparatory Review Report: Focus on Core Commitment to Institutional Capacity. An important appendix lists each WASC Standard and Criterion for Review, together with our self-evaluation and evidence for meeting the standard.
Following receipt and consideration of the report of the Capacity and Preparatory Review site visit team, the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of WASC issued its action letter in March 2009.
In December 2009 the campuses again submitted Core Commitment to Educational Effectiveness—Report of Touro University in preparation for the March 23-26, 2010 Educational Effectiveness site visit team. The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of WASC issued an action letter dated July 13, 2010 re-accrediting Touro University for 8 years.
The campuses will continue to sustain the momentum of this sophisticated accreditation process which ensures educational capacity and effectiveness.
For more about WASC, please refer to their website at www.wascweb.org .