Simpson University has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1969. WSCUC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States.
As a member, the university participates in periodic accreditation review. By participating in this process Simpson University demonstrates its commitment to developing and sustaining institutional capacity (operational integrity, fiscal stability and appropriate organizational structures to fulfill its purposes) and its commitment to educational effectiveness (organizing for learning and being a learning organization).
Simpson University received an action letter from WSCUC on March 15, 2017, that continues the university's accreditation, with a status of probation. The university will have a special visit in fall 2018, at which time the status will be reevaluated. Simpson University remains fully accredited during the two-year probation period. The probation status does not impact students’ degrees or financial aid.
Simpson University is committed to serving its students and maintaining its accreditation and is working diligently to address the areas of concern noted by the accrediting agency.
Update (7.10.17): A WSCUC team special visit to campus has been scheduled for Oct. 9-11, 2018. An institutional report to WSCUC will be due July 31, 2018.
Update (7.12.17): The university’s executive leadership team has affirmed the following four institutional priorities that will provide direction for the 2017-21 Strategic Plan: 1) Enhance institutional capacity for sustainability and growth; 2) Enhance institutional capacity for academic sustainability and innovation; 3) Develop a campus community that is intentionally diverse, socially aware, and environmentally engaged; and 4) Strengthen the Simpson student experience that is transformative and holistic.
Update (9.1.17): The university has completed its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan and will provide monthly updates on the action plans outlined in conjunction with the plan. View the plan and follow updates at simpsonu.edu/strategicplan.