WECHE accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing,
voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. 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.
Commission Standards are high and focus on virtually every aspect of a
school or higher education institution’s operation. These standards often are
accepted in substitution for standards set by state departments of education.
Standards are reviewed periodically by the commissions and the membership,
reflecting the voluntary, independent nature of accreditation combined with
recognition of pertinent state and federal regulations.
The WECHE by-laws establish the Association as a private, nonprofit
corporation. The Commission Directors work directly with the Commissions and
their member institutions and report to the President/CEO.