During the Spring of 2013, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Visiting Committee Chairman, Dr. John Kerr, Senior Director Adult Community Education, Baldwin Park Unified School District along with 5 committee members awarded McKinley Community School for Adults and its four campuses the highest accreditation term of 6 years with no midterm visit.
This term for McKinley Community School for Adults was based on the school’s self study report that met or exceeded WASC’s expectation that schools must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high quality learning opportunities, but with the added requirement that they clearly demonstrate that they are about the critical business of continual self-improvement.
The WASC accreditation process is about fostering excellence in the elementary, secondary, adult, postsecondary and supplementary education program. This process is a vehicle that enables schools to improve student learning and school performance based on an analysis of those strengths and limitations. Participating schools must meet rigorous, research-based standards that reflect the essential elements of a quality and effective school, but again, must also be able to demonstrate engagement in as well as capacity to provide continuous school improvement.” It is evident that based on the accreditation term received, McKinley Community School for Adults demonstrated the qualities necessary to meet WASC’s high expectations.