Western Association of Schools and Colleges
What is WASC?
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The Association provides assistance to schools located in California, Hawaii, Guam, and other areas in the Pacific. The affairs of WASC are administered by a board of directors composed of representatives from three commissions (Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges & Universities; Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges; and Accrediting Commission for Schools).
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary dual-purpose process that schools (1) must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning opportunities and 2) clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement.
An accredited school is focused on a mission and goals for students; it is student-oriented and examines its students' performance continuously; it accepts objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by WASC; it maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school; it collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs on a regular basis; and it plans for the future.
Who benefits from Accreditation?
Everyone. WASC accreditation is a valuable service to the public, students and educational institutions themselves.
The public is assured that accredited institutions are evaluated extensively and conform to general expectations of performance and quality.
Students can be assured that the institutions in which they seek to enroll have been reviewed and the educational programs that are offered have been evaluated for quality.
Educational institutions benefit from the stimulus for self-study and self-improvement provided by the accreditation process.
What are the criteria used to evaluate all schools?
The criteria are research-based guidelines of systemic school improvement that address accreditation's central tenet: a school operates with a clear understanding of its purpose. The criteria were developed with the assistance of numerous practicing educational leaders and theorists. The objective was to develop criteria that brought attention to concepts and factors that differentiate between effective and ineffective schools.
What are the possible terms of Accreditation?
For most schools, WASC accreditation is based on a six-year accreditation cycle, with a full Self-Study visit occurring every six years.
For more information on WASC Accreditation, please see their website.
Dublin High School went through the accreditation process in 2014-2015. A six-year accreditation was granted!
Thank you to everyone for all the hard work that went into this process during the last three years.