Southern CA Accreditation Coordinator Training: Brea
September 22, 2017 9am-3pm
Brea Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA
One of the activities that ACSI and WASC conduct jointly is the Accreditation Coordinators' Training. This workshop is targeted for the school coordinator of the self-study, the person given the responsibility of coordinating the entire process. Also invited is the school principal or other individual(s) most directly concerned.
If your school plans on going through an accreditation visit in the spring of 2017 or 2018, we strongly encourage your school to be represented at this training.
This Accreditation Coordinators' Training will begin with an overview of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) . ACSI will then conduct a group training for discussion of the accreditation process, and the requirements which must be met in order to complete the self-study. This is a must for schools going through a visit spring 2017. For those schools that will host the committee visit in 2017, attending this training will enable your school to begin incorporating aspects of the standards and criteria in advance of the self-study year. Even if your school will not be going through a joint process, the information you receive will be most beneficial to you as you prepare for the upcoming committee visit. Please feel free to call the regional office (714) 256-1287 if you have any questions.
There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP to accreditation_CAHI@acsi.org
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