UC Santa Barbara is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In order to retain that status, the campus is periodically reviewed to ensure that the campus meets WASC’s Core Commitments and Criteria for Review. Currently, the campus is guided by the WASC 2013 Handbook of Accreditation.

Thematic Pathway for Review (TPR)

TPR is a pilot pathway, available by application, that enables institutions to focus accreditation activities on specific themes. Additionally, campuses approved for TPR must demonstrate compliance with all WASC standards. UC Santa Barbara was approved for the TPR pathway in December 2021.

WASC Senior College and University Commission

The WSCUC website provides extensive information about WASC’s core commitments and standards, commitment to equity, initiatives, and more.

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2014-2023 Accreditation

UC Santa Barbara’s past accreditation activities have focused on developing and assessing student learning outcomes. The campus’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2013 for a full ten years. 

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Accreditation Liaison Officer

The University of California, Santa Barbara is committed to honest and open communication with the Western Association Accrediting Commission and to informing the Commission promptly of any matter that could materially affect the accreditation status of the institution. In furtherance of this commitment, the university has appointed an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO).

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