Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Academy of Art University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is located at 985 Atlantic Avenue #100, Alameda, CA, 94501. 1-510-748-9001.
WASC Accreditation for Online Programs
WASC accredits all online programs offered at the Academy of Art University. (The Acting program is not offered online.)
The Academy of Art University (AAU) has received reaffirmation of accreditation for a term of 7 years from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
AAU would like to thank the WASC Senior College and University Commission for its commendations of the university in the areas of: Centrality of Mission (widespread and "abiding passion"); Focus on Students and Learning ("profoundly committed to students and their learning aspirations"); Community among Students (engaged "community of learners" onsite and online); and Mature Distance Education Programs (“pioneer in developing unique online learning environments").
AAU is committed to engaging with the recommendations of the Commission on five “areas for continuing action and development”: Leadership and Organizational Structure and Effectiveness (efficiency of decision-making and planning); The Faculty Role (engaging with the greater life of the institution); Student Success (improving graduation rates); Student Life (integrating the co-curriculum and maturing offerings); and Strategic Planning (centralized plans drawing on multiple perspectives, especially faculty). The WASC Commission has indicated particular concern that these items be addressed and has scheduled a special visit in spring 2016 that will focus on the university’s progress in addressing the Commission recommendations. AAU is required to demonstrate substantial progress on each of these areas by the time of the special visit, and many faculty and administrators in the AAU community will be collaborating on the various projects associated with action on these items.
The next WASC visit will be the special visit in 2016, followed by a mid-cycle review in 2018. The WASC Commission Letter can be found here. The visiting team report, which formed the basis for the Commission Action Letter, can be found here. AAU’s Institutional Self Study, which addressed the required WASC essays, can be found here. AAU’s Degree Qualifications Profile exhibit, which features an in-depth look at achievement of learning outcomes in eight departments, can be found here. I am pleased to report that AAU’s DQP exhibit is featured on the website of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and that AAU will be continuing its work with the DQP over the coming years: http://illinois.edu/blog/view/1542/113714 .
If you have any questions about WASC, please contact Melissa Sydeman (firstname.lastname@example.org), AAU’s WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer.