The WECHE accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing,
voluntary, and comprehensive. It respects differences in institutional
populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded
in the judgment of practicing educators. It is based on standards which are
developed and regularly reviewed by the members and which define the
characteristics of good schools and colleges.
WECHE accreditation is structured in a five-year cycle of: Self-study
which engages the entire educational community in structured analysis,
self-reflection, and planning in response to the standards. Peer review
which brings discipline and perspective to the process through the observations
and judgments of a visiting committee of peers from other schools and colleges,
informed by the self-study and based on the standards. Follow-up which
is monitored by a commission of elected peers and overseen by a professional
staff to ensure that planned and prescribed institutional change is accomplished
and which provides for intervention, as necessary, to respond to information
gathered in regular reports from the institution or through complaints from the
public concerning a failure to comply with the standards.
Where does WECHE accredit?
Substantial compliance with established
Integrity in statements to the public describing
the institution’s program