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The road to WASC Accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education

Our long-term goal (although it is not required by the law) is to earn an accreditation recognized by the US education system. The first milestone was receiving the “Eligibility”* status from the WASC Accreditation Association.

WASC Senior College and University Commission (“WASC”) is a regional accreditation association that unites and accredits public and private universities throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the US. WASC supports continuous institutional improvement to ensure that accredited institutions fulfill their mission. WASC is recognized by the US Department of Education as a certification authority for gaining federal funding, including federal financial support for American students (student loans).

Our goal is to offer access to high-quality and affordable education. Our tuition is favorable with the added benefit of flexible repayment options, which do not increase the overall tuition. Additionally, we provide a broad option of different scholarships, which bring encouragement and financial relief to our students.

The road to WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation:

2015

  • April – September: Preparation for the mandatory WASC pre-accreditation workshop and submission of workshop documents.

  • November: Attended the mandatory pre-accreditation workshop with Dick Osborn, WASC Vice President.

2016

  • February: LIGS University made the decision to sign into the WASC accreditation process.
  • February – July: Preparation for the compulsory WASC Eligibility workshop and submission of worksheets for the workshop.
  • October: Attended the Eligibility workshop under the leadership of WASC Vice President Lorraine Williams.
  • July – January 2017: Preparation of the Eligibility Report required to assess the readiness and fulfillment of WASC requirements.

2017

  • January: Submitted the Eligibility Report to WASC.
  • March: Interview with WASC team members about our readiness to earn the Eligibility status.
  • May: After a thorough evaluation of the Eligibility Report and interview with WASC team members, we earned the Eligibility* status.
  • June:  Submitted the mandatory annual statement for our activities in 2016, including the financial audit for 2016.
  • June: The Board of Trustees approved the application for the pursuit of the accreditation - the first visit of the accreditation team at LIGS University headquarters, and the preparation of the Institution Report (Self Study) as the main material for the visit.
  • July: Coordinated the first WASC Accreditation Team visit to the earliest possible date (September 2018) and the deadline for submitting the Institution Report (Self Study) was set by July 11, 2018.
  • July: Establishment of teams for the preparation of individual parts of the Institution Report (Self Study) and preparation schedule, including the acquisition of two external consultants with experience of the WASC accreditation process.
  • July 2017 – July 2018: Preparation of Institution Report (Self Study) and its attachments.

2018

  • July 2017 – July 2018: Preparation of Institution Report (Self Study) and its attachments.
  • April: Participation of LIGS Representatives at the 2018 WASC Academic Resource Conference "Future Perfect".
  • June:  Submission of the mandatory annual statement for LIGS University activities in 2017, including the financial audit for 2017.
  • May: Participation in two WASC workshops.
  • June: The Board of Trustees approved the Institution Report (Self Study) and sent it to WASC.
  • July 2018: Submitting the Institution Report (Self Study) and its attachments to WASC.
  • July – September: Communication and submission of additional materials to WASC team members.
  • July – September: Preparation of the visit in cooperation with WASC team members.
  • August: Invited to the WASC Commissioners' meeting about the outcome of the accreditation team visit and their evaluation report.
  • September: First Accreditation Visit with WASC Vice President Lorraine Williams and five other members (presidents and other experts from WASC accredited schools).
  • September: Preparation of the schedule and implementation of the recommendations received during the accreditation visit.
  • October: Besides the factual remarks, we received a draft assessment report.
  • October: We have submitted several suggestions for editing formal and factual areas.
  • October 2018 – January 2019: WASC is preparing a final evaluation report from the accreditation visit for WASC decision-makers about further steps.
  • October 2018 – February 2019: Getting ready for the WASC Commissioners' meeting.

2019 - planned steps

  • October 2018 – January 2019: WASC is preparing a final evaluation report from the accreditation visit for WASC decision-makers about further steps.
  • October 2018 – February 2019: Getting ready for the WASC Commissioners' meeting.

  • February 21st: WASC Commissioners' meeting with participation of LIGS University Representatives.

  • Spring 2019: Receiving the decision of WASC on further progress and next steps (Second Accreditation Visit, etc.)

  • April: Planning to attend the annual 2019 WASC Academic Resource Conference.

  • June:  Submitting the mandatory annual statement for LIGS University activities in 2018, including the financial audit for 2018.

  • Preparing further steps in obtaining the accreditation depending on the outcome of WASC meeting in February 2019.

Obtaining the WASC accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education is a long-term process, and we are glad that we have chosen this path because it guarantees progress and development in processes for all of our students, graduates, lecturers, and employees.

We are trying to earn this accreditation as soon as possible, that is why we just completed our first accreditation visit in 2018 and have not used up the maximum five years' duration of the Eligibility status.

 

* Note Required by WASC: Eligibility is not an official WSCUC status, nor does it guarantee any accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and that the evaluation process for obtaining the initial accreditation at WSCUC can continue. The first visit to reach initial accreditation must take place within five years of granting the Eligibility status. For any Eligibility questions, please contact LIGS University or WSCUC (www.wascsenior.org or +1 510-748-9001).

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