Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ASC WASC), is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States.  Its purpose is to promote the welfare, interests, and development of elementary, secondary, and higher education through (1) improvement of educational programs, (2) close cooperation among the schools, colleges, and universities within the territory it undertakes to serve, (3) certification of accreditation or candidacy status, and (4) effective working relationships with other educational organizations and accrediting agencies. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.