Academic & Student Affairs
The University of Guam is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges(WASC).
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has reaffirmed another eight years of accreditation for the University of Guam, guaranteeing that UOG has met the Commission’s high standards of quality and effectiveness.
“We are extremely proud to announce the reaffirmation of another eight years of accreditation,” said Dr. Robert Underwood, UOG President. “We received our first eight years of accreditation in 2009, and our new term will last until 2024. This accomplishment will mark an unprecedented 16 years of continuous accreditation for UOG.”
The announcement comes after the Commission evaluated the University’s institutional report and conducted a three-day on-site review in April.
“Reaffirmation of eight years of regional accreditation by the Commission is impressive, and it signals to the educational community and the public UOG's strong commitment to high quality standards and public accountability," added Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, Senior Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, who also served as the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.
In its official action letter, the Commission noted it was particularly impressed with the University’s Good to Great (G2G) initiative, calling the process “ambitious, progressive, comprehensive, and successful,” and commended the inclusion of the University’s “stakeholders, internal and external, in shaping the initiative.”
Mention of the process is threaded throughout the University’s institutional report. The Commission commented that UOG’s report was “thematically centered on the Good to Great initiative, which provided a compelling, unifying framework for the report, consistent with its role in charting the university’s course for the next five to ten years.”
Eight Year Reaffirmation Longest in UOG History
The University of Guam marked an historic milestone in June when the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges voted to reaffirm the institution’s accreditation for eight years, the longest period of reaccreditation in the institution’s history.
“Our next Educational Effectiveness Review site visit will occur in 2017,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “All of our work to enhance academic quality and student success, to increase our commitment to our land-grant mission, and to improve our effectiveness and efficiency has paid off. The entire University community, our accreditation liaison Dr. Helen Whippy, the faculty members who wrote the essays for the Educational Effectiveness Review, and the WASC EER team are to be congratulated for their efforts. This outcome is a reflection of our maturity as an institution. Along with several consecutive years of enrollment growth, favorable audits, and increases in federal grants, the reaffirmation of accreditation signals that the institution is poised to develop a sustainable, educated community that will thrive through the military buildup, and beyond.“
In a letter from WASC President and Executive Director Ralph A. Wolff, the University, “Fulfilled the outcomes it envisioned in its 2004 proposal for the comprehensive review. In striving to meet these self-set objectives in the face of fiscal obstacles and challenges that other institutions might have found insurmountable, the university has established strong and more effective administration structures, sounder fiscal practices and policies, and more vigorous academic programs, and a highly participatory culture of evidence and continuous improvement.”
The maximum period of reaffirmation of accreditation an institution can earn is ten years. Prior to this announcement, UOG’s longest period of reaccreditation was five years, which the institution earned in 1968 and 1995.
(From July 2, 2009)
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