Scripps College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), where WASC stands for Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six institutional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Scripps last completed an accreditation process in February 2014, receiving a nine-year re-affirmation out of a maximum of ten years, a testament to Scripps’ institutional accomplishments.
Starting in 2020, WSCUC invited select high-performing institutions as indicated by “consistent evidence of healthy fiscal condition, strong student achievement indicators, and sustained quality performance” to participate in an alternate yet similarly rigorous route to reaffirmed accreditation, the Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) . Participation in the TPR approach presents Scripps with the unique opportunity to, as a community, delve deeply into themes of highest value to the college itself. Such a process involves going beyond a description of Scripps’ educational effectiveness to crafting a narrative both highlighting past successes and indicating approaches to meeting current and future institutional needs. Scripps’ overall themes are “Innovative Learning Organization” and “Inclusive Student Success,” drawn directly from the current strategic planning framework, Scripps College Centennial Plan.