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Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC

ACS WASC accredits K-12 schools and non-degree granting postsecondary institutions

           
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Accrediting Commission for Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC, extends its services to over 4,500 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K–12 and adult schools, works with 16 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other educational organizations.

The ACS WASC accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.

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  • Recent ACS WASC News
  • ACS WASC Overview Video
  • Training Webinars
  • UC Riverside Extension Accreditation Class, Accreditation: Analysis of Program Effectiveness Based on Student Performance Using Research-Based Approaches, October 4 and 11, 2014. Click here for more information.
  • Recently Appointed ACS WASC Commissioners: ACS WASC announces the appointment of three ACS WASC Commissioners. For additional information click here.
  • New ACS WASC Executive Director: Dr. Fred Van Leuven, former Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District superintendent, has been named as the new executive director of the Accrediting Commission for Schools. He succeeds former Executive Director David Brown who has served as ACS WASC executive director since June 2003. Dr. Van Leuven assumed the position in January.
  • 2013–2014 WASC Words: Read our latest WASC newsletter to learn the latest news about the WASC organization.
  • Effective July 2012, WASC has adopted a new approach to grant accreditation status. We believe the focus on status, rather than terms, will better support high-quality learning for all students as well as the achievement of each school's improvement needs. The WASC Accreditation Status Explanation includes the new ballot for Visiting Committees as well as explanations for the new status options.
  • CAL GRANT APPLICATION CODE INFORMATION:
    Your school's WASC accreditation code is available on our website.
    Click here to access the Directory of Schools webpage. Find your school, then double click on your school's name. The WASC code will be listed immediately below your school's grade span.
  • WASC Website Survey: We would appreciate your feedback; please click here to take WASC Website survey.
  • Self-Study Full Visits California (only) Visiting Committee expenses are now reimbursed directly by the visited school.
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WASC has prepared a video that emphasizes the philosophy and criteria that is foundational to our school improvement focus. The video is seven minutes in length and would be appropriate for staff, school board members, and other stakeholders in the school communities.

We hope that you enjoy this brief production which we believe effectively reinforces the ongoing nature of the enhanced focus WASC self-studies and action plans can bring to improved student learning.

 
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