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What Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation Means for Academy of Art University

Over a two-year period, important aspects of Academy of Art University's educational and organizational performance were reviewed by a highly-qualified team representing Academy of Art University’s peer schools in the Western region. This team representing the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) found that Academy of Art University meets high academic standards in all its undergraduate and graduate programs, both onsite and online. The team found that Academy of Art University continually seeks to meet the needs of students, parents, and employers in the art and design industry as it delivers a quality education.

What Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation means for Academy of Art University

  • Regional accreditation through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will mean increased recognition for Academy of Art University among other Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)-accredited schools in the region, as well as nationally.
  • Regional accreditation such as Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is generally perceived as particularly prestigious because of its rigorous and effectiveness-focused review processes.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation certifies that Academy of Art University meets high standards of academic quality and integrity, and that it possesses the resources necessary to deliver its educational mission.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation means that Academy of Art University joins a highly-respected community of peer institutions in the region. These include major public and private schools as well as other schools respected in art and design. All Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) institutions seek to learn from each other and continually improve their educational effectiveness.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation will positively impact Academy of Art University students who are applying to graduate school. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation will apply to students who are currently enrolled at Academy of Art University, and those who graduated in Spring 2007.
  • Academy of Art University is also now eligible to be included in national surveys/rankings of colleges and universities as well as directories that help students select colleges and graduate schools.