ACS WASC/COE Visiting Committee Materials

Council on Occupational Education (COE)

ACS WASC is pleased to partner with the Council on Occupational Education (COE) for postsecondary schools that either currently receive or plan to receive Title IV funds from the United States Department of Education (USDE). Postsecondary schools that receive Title IV funds must be accredited by an agency that is officially recognized by the USDE. Contact the COE ( for more information.

The Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) have developed a joint accreditation process for postsecondary schools in California and Hawaii. The purpose of the joint process is to allow postsecondary schools to gain or maintain ACS WASC accreditation while pursuing eligibility to apply for Title IV funds through COE accreditation. COE functions as the lead agency in the joint process and all materials, training, and clarification of standards are provided by COE staff.

Postsecondary schools prepare a COE/ACS WASC Self-Study Report and gather evidence in preparation for a site visit. Postsecondary schools that offer Regional Occupation Programs (ROPs), high school level programs/classes, and other non-CTE programs must complete a ACS WASC Postsecondary Supplement to be added to the COE/ACS WASC Self-Study Report.