The Western Orthodox Academy

Quality Assurance

The University has adopted a range of quality assurance procedures designed to ensure that its practices meet high standards and that the University’s distinctive vision is sustained.

The University has sought and obtained accreditation from the Pontificia Accademia Tiberina, a Pontifical Academy in Rome, Italy, recognized by the Holy See. In addition, the University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools, which was established by the University’s parent church, the Apostolic Episcopal Church, as a means of assuring high standards in its educational provision.

In addition, the University maintains a Quality Assurance Subcommittee, which includes senior officers of the University and which is empowered at the highest level to ensure quality delivery of the University’s offerings.

Among the duties of the Quality Assurance Subcommittee are the establishment of the relationship between the University’s processes and reputable external standards. These standards include:

  • the requirements of ISO 9001:2000. The International Standardization Organization (ISO) is the only quality assurance system recognized by intergovernmental agreement between 148 different countries, and is based on the principles of stakeholder satisfaction and continual improvement through quality management systems. Many universities and similar institutions around the world have implemented the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2000 standard, and the ISO encourages institutions to adopt the standards in both self-certification and external audit processes. The ISO site may be visited here.
  • the Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Academic Degree and Certificate Programs of the Western Co-operative for Educational Telecommunications, which may be read here.
  • the Professional Standards of the American Association of University Administrators, which may be read here.