Weimar Institute submitted it’s Seeking Accreditation Visit 1 Report in August, 2016. To receive a copy of this report, please send an email request to Kristine Brunkow at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
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What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is the process for evaluating and assuring the quality of education used by the American higher education community. Through the accreditation process, institutions, not the government, collectively set standards for good practice, conduct peer-based evaluations of institutions on a regular basis, confer accredited status on institutions, and make the results of accreditation review of institutions known to the public. The accreditation process allows the higher education community to shoulder the responsibility for monitoring the quality of the programs and services of member institutions, thus distancing government regulation. Agencies that develop and apply standards are called accrediting commissions.
Accreditation is not government control. Accreditation does not mean giving up the unique characteristics that make Weimar Institute (WI) a Christ-centered institution of higher education. Accreditation does mean, however, that we must clearly state our philosophical and educational foundations, establish our institutional learning outcomes, and put in place policies and programs that make sure Weimar Institute is faithful to its foundations, achieves its outcomes, and continually improves. To learn more about Weimar Institute’s philosophical approach, see the document, Philosophical and Educational Foundations.
What is WSCUC?
By its own definition, “The WASC Senior College and University Commission (”the Commission”) is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.”
To learn more about WSCUC accreditation, visit the WSCUC website.
Why seek accreditation?
The leadership of Weimar Institute elected to undergo accreditation review for several reasons. First and foremost, the purpose is to improve the institution – to have a process by which we focus our institution, assure quality, and develop programs that will not only meet academic standards, but more importantly, God’s standards. Through the accreditation process, WI has formalized its processes, established learning outcomes, implemented assessment throughout the Institute, and clearly defined its mission. In addition, we have outlined a strategy for strong future growth. All of this work means a higher quality education experience and more useful courses and degree for its students.
Accreditation is important for the acceptance and transfer of college credit. It is also a prerequisite for many graduate programs. In general, college credits or degrees received at a regionally accredited institution are accepted by other regionally accredited colleges or universities. As a result of accreditation, Weimar students and graduates will be able to have greater confidence that their hard work will be accepted and respected.
What is Weimar Institute’s current accreditation status?
Weimar Institute has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that Weimar Institute is eligible to proceed with an application for Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with WSCUC, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that Weimar Institute is potentially accreditable and can proceed to be reviewed for Initial Accreditation with WSCUC. The first visit for achieving Initial Accreditation must take place within five years of being granted Eligibility. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to Weimar Institute or to WSCUC at www.wascsenior.org or at 510-748-9001.
Achieving “Eligibility” completes the first of three major phases in the accreditation process. In the second stage (Candidacy), credits earned at institutions of higher education are more readily accepted by other accredited schools. Currently, Weimar Institute students are being accepted into schools offering graduate degrees, however, gaining accreditation status would smooth the transfer process and broaden students’ future options. To see Weimar Institute’s accreditation timeline, visit here.
Weimar Institute continues in its commitment to deliver education based on Biblical principles and the inspired ideals of Adventist education. WI leadership is encouraged by the opportunity the accreditation process provides for us to hone our methodologies and fulfill our mission. We are grateful for your prayerful support and hope that you will continue to pray for God’s leading as we move forward—seeking to serve others and Heal a Hurting World.