Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Voluntary, non-governmental, institutional accreditation is a unique characteristic of American education. Institutions are not required to seek accreditation; however, because of the recognized benefits, most eligible institutions seek to become accredited. The accreditation process assists institutions, like Oak Valley College, in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community and the general public that high standards of quality and effectiveness have been met. In addition, WASC provides accreditation assistance and emphasizes the importance of institutional structures, processes, and resources. The WASC Commission accredits institutions, not individual programs. Programs must receive WASC's Substantive Change Committee approval to ensure standards of accreditation are met.
OVC's accreditation plan has been submitted and approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE):
November 2016 – OVC contacted WSCUC (WASC) to declare its intention to pursue accreditation
March 2017 - Initial WASC visit to orient OVC staff to the accreditation process.
September 2017 – OVC will submit its Application for Eligibility for Initial Accreditation
May 2018 – OVC will host its first site visit with WASC officers
March 2019 – OVC anticipates receiving Candidacy (Candidacy is formal recognition that the school meets WASC standards for accreditation)
March 2020 or 2021 – OVC anticipates receiving Accreditation (Accreditation can only be achieved after students graduate and learning outcomes can be assessed)
Questions about accreditation may be directed to Oak Valley College, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students – This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements:
Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined by BPPE by March 2018, and full accreditation by March 2021.
If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:
Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
Betty D. Crocker serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for Oak Valley College. Betty has served on accreditation committees for WASC and has assisted many institutions, including the University of Redlands, in the review and accreditation process. She currently serves at the Director of Information Systems for Redlands Christian Schools/Arrowhead Christian Academy.
ALO's play an imperitive role in the accreditation process. They are the conduit that helps the organization collect, analyze, and review its self-study materials for submission to WASC. In this role, the ALO identifies key areas that require additional attention during the accreditation process and ensures that the accreditation process goes smoothly.