Accreditation Process [Overview]

WASC Website

WASC Handbook of Accreditation

WASC Standards and CFRs


Steering Committee

CPR Team

Essay Writers

EER Teams

Campus Meetings

WASC Visiting Teams

Accreditation Resources

Mānoa's Strategic Plan

Mānoa's Strategic Plan & WASC

UH Strategic Plan

Assessment Web Site

Mānoa Institutional Research

WASC Accreditation Archives

Accreditation Overview

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. Formed in 1962, WASC evaluates and accredits schools, colleges, and universities in California, Hawaiʻi, and the Pacific Islands. As a research university, Mānoa is evaluated by the WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

Following their previous comprehensive visit, Mānoa’s accreditation was reaffirmed in full in 1999 and Mānoa was granted accreditation through 2010. Mānoa’s reaccreditation efforts began in earnest in 2005–2006 with an extensive self-review process that lead to the development of our Institutional Proposal. A Steering Committee was assembled; six essay teams were created to draft essays for the Capacity and Preparatory Review Report responding to the three themes and six objectives presented in our Institutional Proposal. Subsequently, three thematic teams were created to assist in the implementation and monitoring of our progress in meeting the goals in the Institutional Proposal. The thematic teams crafted the draft essays for our Educational Effectiveness Review Report.

Campus-wide meetings were held regularly to inform the community about the reaccreditation efforts and to seek their input on the development of the Institutional Proposal, the Capacity and Preparatory Review Report, and the Educational Effectiveness Review Report. In addition, regular briefings were provided to the Mānoa Executive Team and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Drafts of the reports were circulated for input to the full Faculty Senate, the Kualiʻi Council, the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi, the Graduate Student Organization, and the entire Mānoa campus.

The reaccreditation review process ended in March 2011 with our Educational Effectiveness Review site visit. In June 2011, the WASC Commission reaffirmed Mānoa’s accreditation through 2021.

This website provides all of the key documents and data sources related to our reaccreditation efforts.