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Mar. 8, 2002
DH-02-TK-017
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Reaffirms Accreditation for California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills, announced that the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) has sent official confirmation reaffirming the university's accreditation. On Wednesday, March 5, President James E. Lyons, Sr. made the announcement campus wide - "I am delighted to share good news with you."

WASC, the accrediting commission for senior colleges and universities, made its final evaluation on Feb. 21-22, 2002, announcing the action on March 1. In his letter to the President, WASC Executive Director Ralph Wolff referred to the fact that "the University has made substantial and sustained progress." He continued: "New leadership has been installed across nearly the entire University, the mission statement revised, a strategic planning process successfully implemented, and a new and effective budget allocation process developed and implemented."

President Lyons, who committed himself to the WASC process and its focus on improving student learning standards, said: "We are pleased and encouraged by the WASC decision to reaffirm our University's valued accreditation." He continued: "This decision clears the way for our university faculty and staff to go about the business of restoring and retaining the highest levels of academic performance that our students and community partners expect of us." President Lyons added: "I am proud of the collective work of our entire campus community. Were it not for the unwavering dedication of our faculty, staff and students, we would not have achieved this reaffirmation. This was truly a total campus effort."

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Katherine Walton commented: "The campus should commend itself for pulling together to make changes where they needed to be made and to address the issues at the heart of what it means to be a university. Our focus on student learning, "Student Success," is one we must continue to stress. Special thanks also go to the WASC Action Report Council led by Gary Levine, now retired, and Bob Dowling, professor of management, for their sustained hard work and dedication. The WASC process demonstrates how much we can accomplish when we pull together."

A two-stage WASC review process, a Preparatory Review in fall 2006 and the Educational Effectiveness Review in fall 2007, will continue the comprehensive process of maintaining standards as developed by WASC. Within the following four years, CSU Dominguez Hills will continue looking for additional ways of sustaining the infrastructure for educational effectiveness, focusing on student learning and outcomes, and defining the CSUDH student body and continuing attention to student success.

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