WASC Accreditation

Office of the Provost


“The central mission of the University of Southern California is the development of human beings and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit.  The principal means by which our mission is accomplished are teaching, research, artistic expression, professional practice and selected forms of public service.”  These first sentences of USC’s mission statement signify our commitment to offering academic programs of the highest quality that serve our students, our community and the world.  This commitment includes the promise of accountability to ensure continuous improvement and fulfillment of that mission.

As stated in a section devoted to accountability in the USC Strategic Vision: Matching Deeds to Ambitions, “We are committed to effectiveness and appropriate transparency at all levels, including graduate and undergraduate programs, student services, research centers, promotions and tenure, clinical outcomes, patient care, and administrative offices. This means establishing clear purposes and learning objectives at degree and program levels, providing evidence of student success, developing varied ways to assess student learning, and maintaining robust systems of quality assurance based on periodic peer review.”

A principal means by which accountability is demonstrated in American higher education is through regional accreditation.  USC has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since March 6, 1949.  WASC is one of six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  It is by virtue of WASC accreditation that USC is permitted to apply for various forms of federal student aid.  WASC is itself reviewed periodically for renewal of its recognition.  Accreditation through WASC indicates that USC meets the highest standards of academic quality, institutional capacity, and educational effectiveness.


WASC is located at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100,  Alameda, CA 94501; (510) 748-9001; http://www.wascsenior.org/.

In addition to WASC accreditation, several USC schools and programs have specialized or professional accreditation through related bodies. For more information on specialized or professional accreditation, please visit the websites for those schools and programs. 

Robin Romans, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4019
(213) 740-2101 (ph)