WASC Accreditation

Pitzer College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

As detailed in the Handbook of Accreditation, WASC accreditation has three stages: (1) the Institutional Proposal, in which the institution proposes a particular approach to accreditation, (2) the Capacity and Preparatory Review, or CPR, in which the institution demonstrates its capacity to fulfill its purposes and aspirations, and shows its preparedness for the third and final stage of accreditation, and (3)the Educational Effectiveness Review, or EER, in which the institution demonstrates its educational effectiveness.

Pitzer has now completed its accreditation cycle, which consisted of the Institutional Proposal in Spring 2006, the CPR in Fall 2008, and the EER in Fall 2010.

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Pitzer’s Accreditation Themes

Pitzer has chosen to take a thematic approach to reaccreditation. The College’s three themes are as follows:

  1.  Linking the Global and the Local. Pitzer’s aspiration is for every one of its graduates to be a socially responsible citizen of the world. This theme examines student learning that integrates global and local perspectives.
  2. Comprehensive Academic Program Review (APR). Pitzer effectively supports student learning through well-designed and well-executed academic programs. This theme focuses on Pitzer’s process for reviewing academic programs and assessing student learning.
  3. Connecting the Academic with Campus Life. Pitzer recognizes that student learning is most effective when students are able to make meaningful connections across their many educational experiences, both curricular and co-curricular. This theme examines the educational effectiveness of co-curricular programs and also considers ways to promote integrative learning.

Each theme is explored in depth in the EER report. For more information, please e-mail Pitzer’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) Marco Antonio Cruz.

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