Recent ACS WASC News

  • ACS WASC would like to welcome new employees Ms. Elaine Wong and Mr. Michael McCormick to the ACS WASC Business/Accounting Department.
  • ACS WASC 2017 Mileage Reimbursement Rate: The 2017 ACS WASC mileage reimbursement rate is set at 53.5 cents/mile. This is the Standard Mileage Rate set by the Federal Government for 2016; this amount is subject to change and the current amount can be found on the IRS website at www.irs.gov.
  • During the 2015-16 school year, the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), conducted a study to gather information about the accreditation process through Desertfrost Consulting Group, Inc., a California assessment, research, and evaluation consultancy.  The Executive Summary is provided here for your review. The detailed report will be posted on the ACS WASC website at a later time.
  • 2016-17 ACS WASC Words: Read our latest ACS WASC newsletter to learn the latest news about the ACS WASC organization.
  • ACS WASC Director: ACS WASC would like to welcome Ms. Nancy S. Brownell as an ACS WASC Director. Ms. Brownell has over 40 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, school board member, and educational leader. Click here to read the press release.
  • ACS WASC Accreditation Process Evaluation Study: An independent study was recently conducted regarding the ACS WASC accreditation cycle of quality process. This study consisted of a survey of public high school principals in California and interviews of randomly selected public high school principals. Click here to see the press release for additional information.
  • International Task Force on Child Protection: The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) made a formal commitment to adopt the recommended Expectations, produced by the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP), at its Winter 2016 Commission meeting. The School Evaluation Committee of the ITFCP has created a set of Expectations:  eighteen essential elements which school evaluation, accreditation, and inspection agencies are strongly encouraged to adopt as essential requirements within their evaluation programs.
  • ACS WASC would like to welcome Mr. William Snyder to the Reception Desk in the Burlingame office.
  • ACS WASC 2016-2107 Fee Schedules: The 2016-2017 ACS WASC Fee Schedules are now posted on the ACS WASC Fees page. The fee schedules will be effective as of July 1, 2016.
  • ACS WASC District-level Accreditation Awarded to Guam DOE: ACS WASC voted unanimously at its Winter 2016 meeting to approve district-level accreditation for the Guam Department of Education (GDOE). This is the first district-level accreditation approved by ACS WASC. Click here to read the press release.
  • Updated Document Delivery Instructions: School reports and visiting committee materials should be uploaded to ACS WASC in a single pdf or Word document (reference and support materials not required) using the Document Upload link on the top navigation bar of the ACS WASC website: www.acswasc.org/document-upload/. School reports are due to both the visiting committee and ACS WASC no later than six weeks prior to the visit.
  • Guam Piloting ACS WASC District Accreditation: Two recent articles about the ACS WASC pilot district accreditation of the Guam Department of Education:  Guam DOE to pilot new form of accreditation and WASC begins assessment of Guam DOE.
  • ACS WASC would like to welcome Ms. Elizabeth Oberreiter as the new ACS WASC Coordinator in the Southern California office. She comes to us with a myriad of administrative experiences in the online, blended learning, public, private, charter and SEP world. She has completed a variety of ACS WASC visits and enjoys the process on many levels.
  • ACS WASC would like to welcome three new employees to the Burlingame ACS WASC Office:  Ms. Kristen Chow to the Members Desk, Mr. Christian Punzalan as Bookkeeper in the Business/Accounting Department, and Ms. Alex Silva to the Reception Desk.
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), that establishes a framework of cooperation between ACS WASC and the IB for synchronizing accreditation and evaluation visits. Click here for additional information.
  • Updated ACS WASC Website: We have recently updated our website. We hope that you find it user friendly and easy to navigate. Some of the new features that have been added to the website are a new Document Upload link where you can easily upload all reports and documents directly to ACS WASC and a Calendar of Events where you can view all upcoming events. We hope that you find the streamlined site intuitive and easy to use.
  • iNACOL Standards: ACS WASC has aligned with the iNACOL Standards that are also used by the University of California in the evaluation of online a-g courses. UC requires all online courses to be assessed against the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses before the courses are submitted to UC for “a-g” review. ACS WASC is in the process of integrating the iNACOL standards with the ACS WASC criteria and indicators in all aspects of the accreditation process. Click here for additional information about the iNACOL standards.
  • Cerro Villa becomes first ACS WASC accredited comprehensive public middle school in Orange County. Read more.