Standards and processes for accreditation are set by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for the University as a whole, and by specialty accrediting agencies for individual academic programs.

Samuel Merritt University uses regular accreditation reviews as opportunities to evaluate how well our programs and initiatives are serving the mission, vision, and values of the University.

Student Success

The accreditation process ensures that SMU is fiscally sound and meets or exceeds academic and professional standards for the quality of programs, faculty, and facilities. SMU is fully accredited through spring 2021.

SMU’s last comprehensive review resulted in a 10-year reaffirmation, the longest period granted by WSCUC. Because of this long history of high-quality performance, the University has been selected for a new WSCUC accreditation process for 2020 based on a theme of the University’s choosing. We chose to analyze how well SMU supports student success in four primary areas.

  • Methods and standards for assessment
  • Co-curricular contributions 
  • Faculty engagement 
  • Interprofessional education

We chose the theme of student success because, as the demands on health care professionals become more complex, the education we provide needs to develop in a broader range of skills in students, such as a deep knowledge of the structural determinants of health and the ability to contribute to interprofessional health care teams.

In addition to the core accreditation group, faculty and staff from every division of the University are contributing to this accreditation self-study. 

For information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs. 510.879.0784.

The Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation provides objective, systematic, and thorough research and analysis in support of the University's strategic and operational planning, policy formation, and decision-making activities. This office makes available detailed information to administrative officials, governing boards, and accreditation agencies. Aggregated data are available for the public via the Fact Book and Fact Sheet.

The office is committed to ensuring the consistency and accuracy of information reporting. In addition, the office serves as a vehicle to foster the sharing and communication of data and information.

Visit the Institutional Research page for more information.