WASC Calls Campbell Adult & Community Education a Model Institution

The Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) recently concluded a two-day visit to Campbell Adult & Community Education (CACE), in which they singled out CACE as an example of a successful educational institution.
“The school has a very collaborative and communicative philosophy,” WASC evaluators noted in a draft report circulated among the community during an afternoon presentation at the school on March 8. “The dedicated staff is at the heart of CACE’s success. . .In general, CACE exhibits many promising practices and can serve as a model for other adult schools.”

The remarks appeared to confirm that CACE would retain a full, six-year term of accreditation ending in June 2019.

“Accreditation by WASC serves as a mark of institutional quality,” said Tanya Krause, interim superintendent of Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD). “We’re pleased that CACE seems to have passed its mid-cycle visit with flying colors.”

Among the strategies that CACE successfully implemented to improve student outcomes was the embedding of counselors into the academic cycle and the employment of transition specialists to help students prepare for college and work.

“I think what we were able to show WASC during this last visit was that we have complete buy-in for our mission to build a just economy and a healthy community through community education,” said Bob Harper, CACE’s adult education director.

During their visit, WASC evaluators met with teachers, school administrators and staff, community members, and administrators at the district level to assess CACE’s programs and curricula.

They came away impressed with the school’s ability to create pathways for students to continue their education or find jobs, pointing to CACE’s expansion of technology courses as a significant component of this work.

“I credit the district level support and the great innovative team here at CACE,” said CACE Program Coordinator Burr Guthrie.

WASC is a regional organization responsible for the accreditation of public and private schools in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin region.

Accreditation is a process of self-evaluation in which schools generate their own goals to try to improve the quality of their programs and operations.​