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Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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WASC operational area
Abbreviation WASC
Legal status Associaton
Purpose/focus Educational accreditation
Headquarters Burlingame, California
Alameda, California
Novato, California
Region served California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas Islands, Palau
President Sherwood Lingenfelter
Main organ Board of Directors
Affiliations CHEA

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has jurisdiction over the states of California and Hawaii, territories of Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, Northern Marianas Islands, Pacific Rim, East Asia and areas of the Pacific and East Asia where American schools or colleges may apply to it for service.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges is divided into three groups. The Accrediting Commission for Schools accredits of all schools below the college level. Included are elementary, junior high, middle, high and adult schools, whether public, private, or church-related. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges evaluates and accredits public and private post-secondary institutions that offer two-year education programs and award the associate degree. The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits public and private senior colleges and universities.

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