- Is Menlo College accredited?
- What is accreditation?
- What does accreditation mean for me?
- What is WASC?
- What is AACSB?
- What does the College have to do to get WASC-accredited?
- What does the College have to do to get AACSB-accredited?
Yes. Menlo College has been accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) since February 28, 1961 at the time WASC was formed. Menlo College is also accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a distinction earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.
Accreditation is the systematic review of an institution by an internationally-recognized, independent body of higher education professionals to assure maintenance of high standards and continuous improvement of education in a region. Once a college or university is accredited, it must apply for reaffirmation of its accreditation every few years, depending upon its most recent evaluation.
In short, it means that when you go to an accredited college, you can be assured that the education you are receiving meets academic standards that are considered vital for your success. It also means that the college has the people and financial resources necessary to provide you with the opportunity to obtain a high quality education.
WASC stands for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities is the accrediting body for Menlo College and covers institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, and the Pacific Basin.
AACSB stands for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is not a replacement for WASC accreditation, but rather an additional, very rigorous assessment process specifically for colleges and universities with schools of business. Only 5% of institutions with schools of business have AACSB accreditation, so it is considered a high distinction.
The College goes through a multi-year ongoing report and review process that requires an institution to study itself from many angles including:
- student success
- faculty makeup and performance
- curriculum and program structure, relevance, and effectiveness
- financial stability
- strategic planning
- alignment of all components with the institutional mission
There are three major reports and review cycles for accreditation that are prepared and evaluated over approximately three years. They are the Institutional Self-Study, the Capacity and Preparatory Review, and the Educational Effectiveness Review. The accreditation process includes multiple site visits by the accrediting team and progress reviews. When the college addresses all concerns of the accrediting team by meeting the accrediting standards, accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation is awarded.
Recognition by AACSB is the culmination of a multi-year, rigorous process of internal review and external evaluation. All members of the college community (i.e., students, faculty, and staff) contribute the achievement of AACSB accreditation. AACSB examines the extent to which students are matched to the expectations of degree programs—as well as prepared and supported to achieve those expectations. Staff members have to facilitate and support learning, and provide essential services for students and faculty. Faculty resources have to develop and manage curricula and teach students, as well as produce intellectual contributions that advance the knowledge, practice, and teaching of business and management. Accordingly, AACSB standards focus on the admission, support, and progression of students, as well as on the deployment of sufficient faculty and professional staff to support mission achievement.