WASC Senior Center Accreditation
In 1978 The National Institute of Senior Center developed national standards for senior center operation and management. The Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers took those standards and in 1987 adapted them for senior centers in Wisconsin. This became one of the first senior center accreditation programs in the nation. The WASC accreditation program is designed to allow all senior centers to go through the process, enabling even the smallest and most rural centers to strive to operate at the highest level of service.
The self-assessment guides senior centers to review 9 areas of management to ensure the program is operating at the highest of standards. The assessment can be invaluable in developing and implementing programs and services for older adults. This review also involves staff, participants, volunteers and community members in the review of the senior center. This is a critical step in building ties to the community and educating stake-holders about the senior center. Once the self-assessment is complete a peer review is conducted through the WASC Accreditation committee. The accreditation self-assessment takes place every five years.
Wisconsin Senior Centers Recently Accredited
2017: Columbus, Fitchburg, The Gathering Place (Milton), Janesville, Verona, Waupaca
2016: Beaver Dam, Deforest, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Monona, L. E. Phillips (Eau Claire)
2015: Oshkosh Senior Center, Seniors in the Park, Whitewater; Baraboo Area Senior Center, Menasha Senior Center/YMCA and Middleton (pictured above) Two Rivers (Right)
2014: Northeastside Coalition, Madison; Oregon Senior Center; Stoughton Senior Center; Madison Senior Center
2013: Beloit Senior Center; Menomonee Falls Senior Center; Colonial Club, Sun Prairie