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