Over a three-year period (2004-2007) Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) participated in the process of applying for the reaffirmation of accreditation under the protocols established by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Since the last time the University received reaffirmation in 1997, the review process has been revised considerably. Under the new process, each institution is asked to propose a self-study that is focused on issues germane to its particular mission, stage of development, and institutional context. There is considerable leeway in selecting topics, although there must be an emphasis on educational effectiveness and demonstration of student learning.
Our proposal, which guides the entire review process, was submitted in May of 2004, with an institutional Capacity and Preparatory Review during October 4-6, 2006, and an Educational Effectiveness Review over October 3-5, 2007. Final Commission action on the University's application for the reaffirmation of accreditation was completed early in 2008, as reflected in the posted letter dated February 28, 2008.
In its final letter to the university, the Senior Commission granted a ten-year reaffirmation of accreditation.