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COE Renews Partnership with Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

May 24, 2024

The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is pleased to announce the continuation and renewal of its partnership with the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Over the past months, COE has diligently worked to review existing Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with WASC, ensuring more efficient use of resources and streamlining accreditation processes for member institutions.

The updated agreement enables member institutions affiliated with both COE and WASC to optimize scheduling, eliminating the need for separate accreditation visits. Dr. Kirk Nooks, President and CEO of the Council on Occupational Education, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “I’m encouraged by the level of cooperation to streamline the accreditation visit for our member institutions. In the event our member institutions hold the distinction of being affiliated with more than one accreditor, we believe it should be double the recognition but not necessarily double the expense.”

“The WASC partnership with Council on Occupational Education (COE) reflects our organizations’ commitment to quality education, institutional integrity, and continuous improvement. Our accreditation goals focus on assisting schools to meet students’ learning needs through robust and relevant programs,” states Nancy Brownell, VP of Educational Partnerships, WASC.

This partnership underscores COE’s commitment to supporting educational institutions and ensuring the highest standards of quality and accreditation. The collaboration not only facilitates a more seamless accreditation process but also reduces operational burdens for member institutions.

Looking ahead, COE anticipates further expansion of its partnerships and the development of additional MOUs in the coming months. These initiatives aim to foster greater cooperation within the education sector and enhance accreditation processes for institutions nationwide. 

Press Release – COE Partnership with WASC