A Process of
Accreditation relies on a voluntary, peer review process, engaging
educators in the region on hundreds of reviews each year. A self-study process
of 12-18 months is undertaken by schools and colleges in regular review cycles.
Member institutions undergo a comprehensive evaluation process at least once
every ten years.
The Commissions are authorized to conduct the on-site evaluations at
shorter intervals if institutional circumstances so dictate. The standards
applied by the Commissions are qualitative and can be adapted and applied
to any of the types of educational institutions served. An institution found to
be deficient in regard to standards is usually given time to take corrective
action. Once the time allowed for appeal by an institution of adverse action (i.e.,
denial of candidacy, termination of candidacy, denial of accreditation,
placement on probation, termination of accreditation) has elapsed, a public
announcement of Association action is released. In such cases the effective
date, the reason(s) for the action taken, and the Commission’s plans to monitor
or work with the institution are stated.
Accreditation is an expression of confidence in the institution's
purposes, performances, and human and financial resources. The goals are effectiveness,
improvement and public assurance. Unlike popular magazines, this does not
involve ranking institutions, but rather, establishes a level of acceptable
quality for all accredited institutions while respecting the unique missions of
the institutions involved.
WECHE accreditation is structured in a 5-year cycle of:
- Peer review
WECHE accreditation attests to substantial compliance with established
qualitative standards, integrity in statements to the public describing the institution's
program, institutional commitment to improvement, and sufficiency of
WECHE accreditation does not guarantee the experience of individual students,
guarantee the quality of specific programs, compare or rank institutions.
WECHE serves as a clearinghouse for the public and its
policymakers in a variety of roles. Professional staff is available to ensure
full participation at all levels ranging from accreditation to educational
partnerships that strengthen education. The Association is private,
nonprofit and thus uniquely positioned to work with other organizations
on a regional, national and international scale focusing on improving