Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an organization providing accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas Islands, in addition to the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Pacific Rim, Peru, and East Asia.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
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WASC operational area
AbbreviationWASC
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeEducational accreditation
HeadquartersBurlingame, California
Alameda, California
Novato, California
Region served
California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, Tokyo, Seoul, Lima, Jeju Island
AffiliationsCHEA, US Department of Education
WebsiteACS WASC
ACCJC
WSCUC

WASC is divided into three separate organizations that share the WASC acronym as part of their name: the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS WASC), the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Accrediting Commission for SchoolsEdit

The Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS WASC) [1] accredits schools below the college level. Included are elementary, junior high, middle, high and adult schools, whether public, private, or church-related. ACS WASC also accredits not-for-profit, non-degree granting postsecondary institutions.[citation needed]

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior CollegesEdit

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)[2] evaluates and accredits public and private postsecondary institutions that offer two-year education programs and award the associate degree.

The ACCJC's mission is to help member institutions "to advance educational quality and student learning and achievement. This collaboration fosters institutional excellence and continuous improvement through innovation, self-analysis, peer review, and application of standards."[3]

WASC Senior College and University CommissionEdit

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is a regional accrediting agency for colleges and universities that award bachelor's degrees or more advanced degrees. It originally and still primarily accredits institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific, as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Western Association of Schools & Colleges - WASC ACS - Welcome". Acswasc.org. June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges | Western Association of Schools and Colleges". Accjc.org. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "About Us - ACCJC". accjc.org. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "About Us - WASC Senior College and University Commission". www.wscuc.org. Retrieved April 19, 2018.

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