Pomona College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and a statement of the College's accreditation status can be viewed on the WASC website. The College completed a reaccreditation review in 2011, a process that involved three phases over multiple years:

  1. The Proposal (spring 2007)
  2. Capacity & Preparatory Review (spring 2009)
  3. Educational Effectiveness Review (spring 2011)

Pomona College engages in an ongoing process of assessing teaching and learning with an understanding that the landscape of accreditation has changed in recent years. There is a greater emphasis on the collection and analysis of evidence on educational effectiveness and student learning. The process of reaccreditation within this new context provides an opportunity for the Pomona College community to affirm its highest educational aspirations and demonstrate its commitment to ongoing improvement in the context of WASC's Five Core Competencies (writing, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy). As Pomona College moves forward in its assessment of these higher-order intellectual skills, it will continue to examine its student learning outcomes in relation to these core competencies in an effort to demonstrate the degree to which they are being achieved by our students. Further information may also be obtained from the College's accreditation liaison officer, Associate Dean of the College Mary Coffey.