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Westlawn Institute gains reaccreditation

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology announced that the U.S. accrediting body, Distance Education and Training Council, reaccredited Westlawn without condition during Westlawn’s regular five-year reaccreditation review.

This is the ninth consecutive reaccreditation for Westlawn Institute without a single condition or correction required, the institute said. Westlawn’s next reaccreditation is scheduled for five years from now, starting in 2016.

“People outside of the academic world are often unfamiliar with the accreditation process. It is exhaustive. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education sets the overall regulations that govern the process and in recent years has made requirements more and more rigorous,” Westlawn director Dave Gerr said in a statement. “Accreditation further looks at every aspect of a school’s operation, from enrollment and grading policies through student services to financial and accounting practices to long-range planning.”

The work involved for accreditation pays off in ensuring that the school evaluates and improves its programs and operations, Gerr added.

“We’ve found DETC to be an invaluable partner for over four decades and look forward to their continued support,” he said.

Westlawn Institute’s yacht and boat design program was accredited in 2011 by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in London.


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