Background: Beaumont Adult School was initially accredited for Title IV Federal Financial Aid in June of 2006 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A regular re-accreditation visit was conducted by WASC in 2009 and we received a six year term of accreditation at that time. In September of 2010 WASC informed the U.S. Dept. of Education (USDOE) and the adult schools and ROP’s that had received their Title IV accreditation through WASC that WASC was disaffiliating from Title IV accreditation. All schools accredited by WASC were given 18 months to find a new organization for Title IV accreditation or face losing the ability to offer federal financial aid to students. Beaumont Adult School contacted the Council of Occupational Education (COE) as an accrediting agency formally recognized by the USDOE for Title IV accreditation and was officially accepted to candidacy with that agency in June 2011. This acceptance to candidacy acts as an interim accreditation for Title IV purposes and is effective until June 2014.

Self Study timeline: Although our school’s current interim accreditation (or acceptance to candidacy) is valid through June of 2014, we have decided to schedule our initial COE accreditation visit for November 2012. We have started out self study process in preparation for that visit and our timeline for completion of the self study is August 2012 to allow sufficient time for review and publication to the members of the visitation team in advance of the November visit.

The PLC process and self study: As we have worked on implementing Professional learning Community (PLC) processes throughout our school over these past two years, many of us have noticed how the PLC process and procedures work to provide the same type of continuous school improvement that accreditation goals strive to achieve. It is because of this similarity in goals that we believe the self study process will only enhance and improve our continuing efforts to ensure that we operating as a Professional learning Community.

We will continue to publish the PLC efforts and the self study results are progress along our scheduled timeline to the COE accreditation.

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