What is The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)?

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) was a California-based organization providing accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools. The three organizations that were part of WASC are now 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).

Where Does The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accredit?

The WASC accredits 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.

What is the purpose of a WASC Accreditation?

The WASC fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, adult and postsecondary institutions, and supplementary education programs. School improvement is encouraged through a process of continuing evaluation and recognizes institutions through granting accreditation to the schools that meet an acceptable level of quality in accordance with the established criteria.