What is the significance of Accreditation?
Accreditation is a certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning by a third party, the Accredited Commission for Schools. The Accrediting Commission:
- Validates the integrity of an institution's program and student transcripts
- Fosters improvement of the institution's programs and operations to support student learning
- Assures an institution's community that the institution's purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program
- Manages change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
- Assists an institution in establishing its priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that includes:
- Institutional self-assessment of the current educational program for students
- Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
- Regular institution staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.
Below are additional benefits of going to a WASC Accredited Institution:
- Accreditation is required with respect to the Cal Grants.
- The WASC/CDE (California Department of Education) process serves as the basis for the Single Plan for Student Achievement.
- Colleges and universities examine transcripts to determine if the students have attended accredited institutions.
- Teachers will not receive credit for the years during which they taught at a non-accredited institutions by many schools/districts nationwide. WASC receive calls from institution personnel who are recruiting applicants for teaching positions with respect to their prior schools of employment.
- The military recruiters expect the applicants to be from accredited institutions.
- Many districts have policies to accept credits only from WASC accredited institutions.