First self-supporting, Seventh-day Adventist institution to earn regional accreditation
Weimar, California – March 5, 2019 – Weimar Institute announced today it has achieved regional accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for a period of 6 years – retroactive to January 2018.
With this historic milestone, Weimar Institute becomes the first self-supporting, Seventh-day Adventist educational institution to receive regional accreditation.
As one of six regional accreditors in the United States, WSCUC accredits public and private higher education institutions in the Western United States and parts of Asia and the Pacific region. The multi-year process included a self-study institutional report prepared by Weimar Institute, a peer review of that report by a WSCUC evaluation team, and a campus visit by the same evaluation team in October 2018. Upon review of these findings, on February 22, 2019, the WSCUC Commission took formal action to grant Weimar Institute accreditation for a period of six years – retroactive to January 2018.
“On behalf of our Weimar Institute students, faculty, and staff, we praise God for how He has led us through the accreditation process and enabled us to achieve this historic milestone” said Dr. Neil Nedley, Weimar Institute’s president. “Our enthusiastic students, dedicated faculty and staff, and hard-working team members as well as our supportive parents, alumni, donors, and board members have all contributed in various ways to this outcome. We are humbled by this affirmation of the uniquely Adventist education that Weimar Institute offers and look forward to expanding these efforts in the future.”
With WSCUC accreditation, Weimar Institute students now have transferability of credits earned at Weimar Institute thus expanding their undergraduate and advanced degree options. Additionally, their degrees will be globally recognized.
The visiting committee cited Weimar Institute’s “clearly articulated mission and vision of health evangelism” as well as its campus community, assessment, and institutional research.
In particular, the committee commended the institution’s weekly Total Community Involvement (TCI) program for its “transformational impact” and noted that it is “rooted in the mission, tied to institutional student learning outcomes, and contributes to civic good in the region.”
Weimar Institute leaders are focused on future growth and expansion of facilities and services to current and future students. Plans include the completion of additional housing by August 2019, the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) for the Fall 2019 semester, and ongoing preparations for a future wellness center.
Weimar Institute is a self-supporting, Seventh-day Adventist college located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. Since 1978, its vision has been to heal a hurting world – a goal shared by its students, faculty and staff from almost 50 countries. Home to the NEWSTART Lifestyle Program, Weimar Institute also includes the Weimar Natural Foods Store, Weimar Academy, Weimar Elementary School, and Weimar Farms. These industries and organizations provide students with educational and work-study opportunities while positively impacting the local community.
For more information, visit www.weimar.edu.