WCEA / WASC Accreditation
Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA)
What is the WCEA?
The Western Catholic Educational Association is a private educational accrediting agency established under the auspices of the Bishops of the Catholic (Arch)Dioceses of California.
WCEA Mission Statement
The Mission of WCEA is to maintain and improve the quality of elementary and secondary Catholic schools as educational environments that assist students in their faith formation and academic needs.
What is the purpose of WCEA?
The major purpose of this agency is to coordinate the accreditation process by assisting schools in their self-evaluative programs, to establish general standards for excellence, to grant WCEA Accreditation, and to cooperate formally with the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) and other accrediting organizations as determined by the WCEA Board of Directors.
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Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Each school should develop a school purpose to reflect its beliefs. For ongoing program improvement, each school should engage in objective and subjective internal and external evaluations to assess progress in achieving its purpose.
The Commission grants accreditation to a school based upon the following:
The presumption that the primary goals of accreditation are
- certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning
- the improvement of the school's programs and operations to support student learning.
The school's self-study and the visiting committee's report provides compelling evidence that
- the school is substantially accomplishing its stated purposes and functions identified as appropriate for an institution of its type
- the school is meeting an acceptable level of quality in accordance with the WASC criteria adopted by the Accrediting Commission.
The mission of the Commission is to foster excellence in elementary, secondary, adult, and postsecondary education by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation and to recognize, by accreditation, schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established criteria.