WASC Words Pacific Islands

Fall 2021

President's Update

Barry R. Groves | President, Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the first edition of our WASC Pacific Islands newsletter. As the field of education continues to evolve and challenge us all, we will continue to recognize these challenges as opportunities, and a chance to make a profound impact on our young leaders. As always, we are here to collaborate, support, and navigate these times together.


Barry R. Groves

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Virtual Visit Guidelines

As the COVID pandemic continues to have a global impact, our accreditation visits will remain virtual. We are proud of the positive feedback and success of these virtual visits.

In response to the virtual visits, WASC has put together new procedures that may be viewed in your portal or by clicking here.

As always, remember WASC is here to provide guidance as you prepare for your upcoming virtual visit. Thank you for supporting the WASC process during these unprecedented times.

All 41 Guam DOE Schools Achieve WASC Accreditation!

All 41 Guam Department of Education (DOE) schools achieved accreditation under WASC, which makes Guam DOE the first school district to accomplish this milestone.

A virtual celebration was held in May 2021 to celebrate this incredible accomplishment.

WASC President Dr. Barry Groves stated:

“We congratulate Guam for achieving their goal of earning accreditation for all 41 of their schools. This accomplishment assures the educational quality of programs and services offered by their schools are current, reflect high standards of quality, and are offered with integrity.”

Since 2015-2016 the Guam Department of Education has also been fully accredited by WASC, initiating the district accreditation process for WASC. The purpose of district accreditation is to embark on a thorough review of how the district supports its school community and students.

Remembering Patrick Lickiss

Patrick Lickiss, WASC Trainer for 15 years, sadly passed earlier this year. Pat was a wonderful trainer, and more importantly, a great person. Pat worked for Acalanes Unified School District for 37 years; 17 of those years as principal of Las Lomas High School. Pat also served as a chair or member on over 125 WASC visiting committees since 1989.

WASC was fortunate to bring Pat on board as a trainer which he continued until his passing. It was enjoyable to watch him train with his very approachable style. Attendees felt comfortable with him and he always managed to interject some humor.

Pat Lickiss will be missed dearly by the many people he impacted and connected with throughout his life, both professionally and personally. While we mourn the loss of this incredible man, we remember his greatness and passion for WASC and the educational community.

Welcome to the WASC Family!

WASC would like to extend a warm welcome to all the Pacific Island schools that received initial accreditation and candidacy during the 2020-2021 school year!

Strengthening and Building our Community. Connect with Us!

One of the areas our WASC Communications Team is focused on is strengthening connectivity between WASC schools and developing opportunities for sharing best practice in school improvement.

Stay connected with WASC on social media by following, liking, or connecting to our accounts by clicking on the links below. If you're already on social media, don't forget to tag WASC in your posts!




WASC Portals

The ACS WASC School and Member portals were released during the 2020-21 school year. School and visiting committee materials have been moved from the WASC website and are now found in the portals. Schools and visiting committees members will only see the materials appropriate to them. We hope you have had a chance to log in and familiarize yourself with the new experience.

Meet our 2021-2022 WASC Commissioners

Welcome back to school! As a new school year begins, we wanted to introduce you to the 2021-2022 WASC Commission.

Get to know our Commissioners here:


The Commission is comprised of thirty-five persons, representing various constituencies of WASC, selected by the Commission’s Nomination Review Committee from candidates nominated by member organizations or the Commission.

ACS WASC Accredited Logo and Communication Toolkit

”Accredited” logos, accreditation announcement resources, and merchandise order forms are now available in the Communication Toolkit located on the Home page of the School Portal.

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Training Information:

Sylvia Taylor

Training Coordinator

Phone: 650-235-8621


Marilyn S. George, Ed.D.

Executive Vice President

Phone: 650-696-1060

Our Mission

ACS WASC advances and validates quality ongoing school improvement by supporting its private and public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary member institutions to engage in a rigorous and relevant self-evaluation and peer review process that focuses on student learning.