CiAM receives 6-year accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission

California Institute of Advanced Management (CiAM), one of the leading experiential-learning based education institutions in the world, the Best MBA Program of the San Gabriel Valleyaccording to Reader's Choice Awards, and Southern California's leading hands-on graduate school, announced it has received a six-year accreditation, the maximum amount allowed, from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The accreditation means the educational programs offered at CiAM are widely recognized by institutions of higher learning in the United States, China, India, and the vast majority of western countries.

WSCUC is one of six regional accrediting agencies for public and private schools, colleges, and universities, which are authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, WSCUC is widely recognized as a top accrediting body internationally, especially in Asia Pacific regions. The accreditation centers upon continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public,that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

CiAM started the accreditation process in the 2016-17 school year with an initial visit by a WSCUC team and received Candidacy in the same school year. Since that time, CiAM has worked diligently on curriculum development, student learning outcomes, and other important school-wide processes to enhance what they deliver to students. In September 2018, the WASC visiting committee — a team of four experienced administrators and academicians (all familiar with experiential-learning based schools) — conducted a multi-day examination of CiAM. They recognized the achievement of the MBA Program and overall operation of the school and viewed CiAM as a quality institution of higher education with many strong features, all of which were designed to help provide quality opportunities to students. WSCUC formally awarded the six-year institutional accreditation to CiAM on Dec. 1, 2018.

"The entire accreditation process was led by Vice President Dr. Eric McLaughlin, Associate Vice President Dr. Harish Amar, and me, but the results couldn't have been achieved without the active engagement of our entire school staff and community,” said Jennie Ta, CiAM president and CEO. “On behalf of myself and the CiAM Board of Directors, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to our school community for their dedication and commitment to this accreditation process. Together we have achieved a significant milestone in the history of the CiAM. The accreditation by WSCUC, a recognized international authority for school accreditation, is emblematic of the innovative, dynamic, and student-centered nature of the CiAM’s high educational standards. The accreditation will result in even greater opportunities for our students and enable us to continue to retain and attract excellent professors, trained in the state-of-art teaching methods, to join our team.”

About the California Institute of Advanced Management

The California Institute of Advanced Management (CiAM) was founded by Dr. William A. Cohen (president emeritus), and Jennie Ta (president/CEO) with the encouragement of philanthropist Minglo Shao, the principal benefactor of the school. Mr. Shao has a substantial history of funding educational endeavors and programs and is owner and founder of The Peter Drucker Academy of China, which teaches Drucker courses in 32 cities in China plus Hong Kong.


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Apr 2021


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