University's reaccreditation process well into second phas
After starting on a high note, California State University, Stanislaus is well into the second phase of its reaccreditation process, the Capacity and Preparatory Review, by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Four Inquiry Circles comprised of faculty, students, staff, and administrators examined and reported on the four themes identified through extensive campus consultation:
- Engaging a Diverse Student Population in Learning
- Infrastructure Support for Learning
- Teaching and Learning
- Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.
Through the four reports submitted by the Inquiry Circle Chairs, the University's Self-Study Writing Team, led by faculty members Dr. Stephen Stryker (Chair), and Dr. Scott Davis (English) are working with the campus Accreditation Liaison Officer, Vice Provost Dr. Diana Demetrulias, at refining the working draft to be distributed for campus-wide review and comment in January 2008. The Capacity and Preparatory Review report is scheduled for completion in April 2008.
The next major step in the process is the first of two site visits on October 1-3, 2008, by a WASC review team. Campus participation through various committees, groups, and organizations will be crucial to showcase the campus commitment to teaching and learning, Demetrulias noted.
The second site visit, scheduled for March 2010, will follow the submission of the third and final report for Educational Effectiveness Review. The reaccreditation process is scheduled to conclude in June 2010.
CSU Stanislaus' Institutional Proposal for reaccreditation was named exemplary in 2006 by WASC which endorsed the University's plan at the maximum level. In 1998, the University was awarded the highest possible WASC evaluation in receiving the maximum 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation. WASC is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.
For more information on the University's WASC reaccreditation process status, go to the website at: http://www.csustan.edu/wasc/.