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WASC Accreditation
Mills College was founded in 1852 and has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1949. The WASC offices are located at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.

The College completed its most recent reaccreditation review in spring 2011 when the WASC Commission received the its Educational Effectiveness Report and reaffirmed its accreditation. The Commission action letter, dated February 28, 2011, states, "In taking this action to reaffirm accreditation, the Commission confirms that Mills has satisfactorily addressed the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness, and has successfully completed the three-stage review conducted under the Standards of Accreditation."

In 2013 WASC adopted a new handbook of accreditation and revised its processes for institutional review. WASC accreditation is grounded in three Core Commitments: Core Commitment to Student Learning and Success, Core Commitment to Quality and Improvement; Core Commitment to Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability. In order to address these Core Commitments, WASC has defined four Standards of Accreditation that reflect widely accepted good practices in higher education:

  • Standard 1: Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives
  • Standard 2: Achieving Educational Objectives Through Core Functions
  • Standard 3: Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Quality and Sustainability
  • Standard 4: Creating an Organization Committed to Quality Assurance, Institutional Learning, and Improvement

The new institutional review process will consist of an analysis of the institution's financial status by the Financial Review Committee; an analysis of it retention and graduation rates by the Retention and Graduation Committee; an off-site review by the evaluation team; and a visit to the institution by the same evaluation team. These steps are followed by a Commission decision on an institution's reaccreditation.

At present, Mills College is scheduled to submit an Interim Report to WASC by November 1, 2014. The next comprehensive reaccreditation review is scheduled to begin in 2019.



Letter of Reaccreditation

Reports to WASC

Reports and Letters from WASC

Last Updated: 9/25/13