Accreditors approve Saybrook University alliance with TCS Education System

Posted on: March 3, 2014

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) sends green light for innovative partnership, ensuring a vibrant future for both nonprofit institutions.

March 3, 2014 (Chicago and San Francisco) The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has approved a partnership between Chicago-based TCS Education System (TCS Ed) and San Francisco-based Saybrook University—a dynamic collaboration expected to enrich the future of both nonprofit institutions.

“A revolution is happening in graduate education, and this partnership allows Saybrook University to lead the way,” said Dr. Mark Schulman, president of Saybrook University. “Our affiliation with TCS Education System allows Saybrook to continue to deliver the humanistic education that transforms lives but, in the current national economic climate, is increasingly out of the reach of millions.”

Driven by a social change mission that unifies its colleges and distinguishes TCS Education System from any other higher education enterprise today, the addition of Saybrook expands the consortium to a total of five higher education institutions that span the nation. Dr. Michael Horowitz, founding president of TCS Ed since 2009, said WASC’s approval of this partnership is a testament to the success of the TCS Education System mission and will help advance an unprecedented vision in practitioner-based education.

“TCS Education System was founded to become a game-changer,” said Dr. Horowitz. “As we embark on the next chapter in our journey and welcome Saybrook University into the TCS Education System family, together we will continue to reimagine higher education and forge new paths that will answer the call to prepare qualified practitioners positively impacting communities locally and globally.”

Considered the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and practice, Saybrook University joins The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, and the Dallas Nursing Institute in the TCS Education System network.

“TCS Education System is a community of like-minded educational institutions. As one of its partners, Saybrook will have access to high caliber expertise,” said Dr. Schulman. “This expertise will help us reduce costs, make our high quality graduate education more available, and improve the student experience.”


About TCS Education System:

TCS Education System (TCS Ed) was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit organization with a mission of preparing innovative, engaged, purposeful agents of change who serve our global community.

TCS Ed features a network of specialized institutions, which are backed by a model of education that prepares socially responsible, culturally competent professionals in applied fields such as psychology, law, health care, and education. TCS Ed partners—The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, Dallas Nursing Institute, and Saybrook University—each offer scholarship, training, and service opportunities directed to a specific career path while providing a transformative educational experience. For more information, visit

About Saybrook University

Saybrook University, the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and practice, was founded in 1971 to carry forward the philosophy and values of a group of prominent scholars and psychologists, including Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Carl Rogers.

One of the first American universities to offer graduate education at a distance for working professionals, Saybrook offers graduate level courses that combine online education with in-person classes, intensive seminars, and conferences. A nonprofit university composed of four schools—the School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation, the School of Mind-Body Medicine, the School of Clinical Psychology, and the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry—Saybrook is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).