Oak Valley College has been granted Eligibility from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is currently under review for Initial Accreditation (February 2020).
Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed to be reviewed for Initial Accreditation with WSCUC. Questions about may be directed to (909) 554-3814 or to WSCUC at www.wascsenior.org or at 510-748-9001.
In December 2017, the State of California, Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) completed a Visiting Committee Report on the Assessment of Institution's Progress toward Accreditation for Oak Valley College.
In their report, BPPE acknowledges that Oak Valley College is on track in its progress toward accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC).
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
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-WSCUC provides accreditation assistance and emphasizes the importance of institutional structures, processes, and resources. The WASC-WSCUC Commission accredits institutions, not individual programs.
OVC's accreditation plan has been submitted and approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). As of March 2018, BPPE has indicated that OVC continues to meet its standard for progress toward accreditation.
November 2016 – Oak Valley declares its intention to pursue accreditation with WASC
March 2017 - Initial WASC visit to orient Oak Valley administration to the accreditation process
March 2018 - WASC grants Oak Valley "Eligibility to be Accredited"
July 10, 2019 - Oak Valley submits is Seeking Accreditation Visit (SAV) Institutional Report
October 8-10, 2019 – Oak Valley hosts WASC site visit
February 12 or 13, 2020 – WASC informs Oak Valley of its determination (Candidacy or Accreditation provide formal recognition that Oak Valley meets WASC standards for accreditation)
Questions about accreditation may be directed to Oak Valley College, email@example.com.
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.