Ralph Wolff, university accrediting commission

Ralph Wolff, J.D., executive director of the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which accredits nearly 150 colleges and universities in California and throughout the Western region; former law faculty at the University of Dayton Law School; a founder of the Antioch School of Law, the first law school expressly designed to prepare lawyers to serve in public interest or poverty law positions; and former Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Antioch.

“Students need more than facts in order to be effective citizens in today’s world. They need something that gives them the confidence to participate; the ability to learn and to respect one another; and the capacity to respect themselves and to live healthy lives. Transcendental Meditation is a way to develop students from the inside out. Twenty-five years ago, when I first became aware of TM, I was impressed by the initial research on its benefits done at UCLA and Harvard Medical School. I also became aware back then of negative claims made by some individuals about TM. I researched those claims and could not find a basis for them. I subsequently started the practice myself and, over the past 25 years, have found the personal benefits to be enormous.”