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Mills College was founded in 1852 and has been fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1949. The WSCUC offices are located at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.

The College completed its most recent reaccreditation review in spring 2011 when WSCUC received the Educational Effectiveness Report and reaffirmed 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, WSCUC adopted a new handbook of accreditation and revised its processes for institutional review. WSCUC 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, WSCUC 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.

An interim report was submitted to WSCUC on October 31, 2014. The next comprehensive reaccreditation review is scheduled to begin in 2019.



Interim Report Response Letter–JAN15

Letter of Reaccreditation–FEB11 

Reports to WASC

Interim Report–OCT14

Institutional proposal–OCT07

Capacity and Preparatory Review

Educational Effectiveness Review

Other Documents

Reports and Letters
from WASC

Capacity and Preparatory Team Report

Educational Effectiveness Team Report

Other Communication

Last Updated: 11/4/14