The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits educational institutions in California and Hawaii, recently awarded Pacific Union College uninterrupted accreditation through 2018.

The announcement followed a six-year review process that included two visits by WASC evaluation teams, as well as three reports on the college’s progress in several areas recommended at the beginning of the review, including strategic planning, financial stability, and student enrollment and retention.

In a letter to the college administration, WASC applauded PUC’s “effective and committed engagement with issues of continuous improvement.” The organization praised PUC’s faculty for maintaining a strong system of self-review, and the college in general for its “commitment to a culture of evidence” in evaluating best courses of action.

“This process, while long, was very helpful as we continue to improve student learning at PUC,” said Academic Dean Nancy Lecourt. “We learned a lot and consider it a growing process.”

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