Univer­sity of the Pa­cific re­ceives reac­cred­i­ta­tion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Wes Bow­ers

STOCKTON — Univer­sity of the Pa­cific on Tues­day re­ceived an eight-year reac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Western As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges Se­nior Col­lege and Univer­sity Com­mis­sion, one more year than its most re­cent reac­cred­i­ta­tion in 2012. The WSCUC cited Pa­cific’s aca­demic ex­cel­lence, ed­u­ca­tional in­no­va­tion and fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity in eval­u­at­ing its over­all qual­ity.

Reac­cred­i­ta­tion en­sures a col­lege or univer­sity main­tains high ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards and is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing. It pro­vides stu­dents ac­cess to fed­eral fi­nan­cial aid such as grants and loans, en­sures cred­its and de­grees are trans­fer­able to other uni­ver­si­ties and con­sid­ered cred­i­ble by em­ploy­ers, and al­lows col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to ap­ply for fed­eral and pri­vate grants to sup­port re­search and stu­dent ser­vices. It also sup­ports col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in de­vel­op­ing and sus­tain­ing ef­fec­tive aca­demic pro­grams.

The WSCUC com­mended Pa­cific in sev­eral ar­eas for:

• Demon­strat­ing a strong com­mit­ment to in­volv­ing stake­hold­ers in as­sess­ing teach­ing, stan­dard­iz­ing pro­gram re­views and en­hanc­ing ed­u­ca­tional ef­fec­tive­ness.

• Re­spond­ing and adapt­ing to changes in the higher ed­u­ca­tion en­vi­ron­ment.

• De­vel­op­ing stu­dent suc­cess ini­tia­tives that in­te­grate mul­ti­ple units and di­vi­sions.

• Con­duct­ing a suc­cess­ful cap­i­tal cam­paign to con­trib­ute to fi­nan­cial vi­tal­ity and in­crease the en­dow­ment.

• In­ten­tion­ally in­creas­ing the di­ver­sity of the Board of Re­gents.

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