Randy Barrack (Ed.D. ’82 Admin & Supv) was appointed to a full three-year term as a member of the eight member AdvancED Accreditation Commission on January 28, 2016. Dr. Barrack is executive director of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and president of the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership, Since June 2015, Dr. Barrack and other members of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission have been serving as interim appointees. Dr. Barrack most recently served on the Virginia AdvancED Council as state chair and is a certified AdvancED Lead Evaluator.
The AdvancED Accreditation Commission governs accreditation matters pertaining to all schools/school systems. It reviews and ratifies the accreditation actions taken by Advance Councils for all schools/school systems within its authority.
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. While the expertise of AdvancED is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, the worldwide organization is far from a typical accrediting agency. Its goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, a strong, professional commitment to help schools improve.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 32,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission in 2011.
AdvancED has deep roots in the accreditation of public schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A 1903 act of the Virginia General Assembly established the minimum requirements for high school teachers, the first step in developing standards for high school accreditation. In 1912 a comprehensive program of high school accreditation began when the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (a forerunner of AdvancED) established a Virginia Commission on Accredited schools.