Statement of Accreditation Status
As an accredited institution, Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to high standards of quality, integrity, capacity, and effectiveness. Pacifica's academic programs are subject to review and approval on multiple levels: 1) the U. S. Department of Education (DOE), 2) the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and 3) the State of California.
The regional body that accredits Santa Barbara Graduate Schools, Inc., d.b.a. Pacific Graduate Institute, is WASC, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. WASC was formed to promote the welfare, interests, and development of education in the Western Region of the United States.
Accredited membership in WASC is achieved and maintained after an institution undergoes a series of self studies and peer reviews by educators from member schools. These reviews are planned periodically to ensure that each institution is achieving its mission, educational purposes, and other WASC-determined standards of quality, integrity, capacity, and effectiveness.
Statement of WASC Accreditation Status
In June 2010, Pacifica’s accreditation was re-affirmed with the next review scheduled for 2018.
Current Accreditation Status: ACCREDITED
First Accredited: June 30, 1997
Most Recent Commission Action: Reaffirmation of Accreditation - June 24, 2010
Click Here (PDF) to read the letter from Pacifica's Chancellor, Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.
For standards of accreditation and information regarding the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, including information about policy and process for compliance complaints, visit: http://www.wascsenior.org, or contact WASC at the address below.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
telephone: (510) 748-9001
fax: (510) 748-9797