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Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011
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Achieving regional accreditation 4 21-2011

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    • 1. Regional Accreditation Process and Issues
    • 2. Overview• 6 U.S. regional accrediting agencies • NEASC (6 states) • Middle States (5 states + D.C.) • NCA (19 states) • SCAS (11 states) • NWCCU (7 states) • WASC (2 states)
    • 3. TextHold for US map of regional accreditors
    • 4. WASC Standards1. Define Institutional Purpose and Educational Objectives2. Achieve Educational Objectives through Core Functions3. Develop and Apply Resources and Organizational Structure to Ensure Sustainability4. Create an Organization Committed to Learning and Improvement
    • 5. 1. Define Institutional Purpose and Educational Objectives • Appropriate Mission and Purpose • Focus on student achievement, retention, completion, and learning • Accountability • Commitment to academic freedom • Focus on Diversity to mirror students • Operates with autonomy as educational institution • Clear and truthful representation; integrity in operations
    • 6. 2. Achieve Educational Objectives through CoreFunctions • Appropriate content, standards for degree • Programs and requirements clearly defined • Learning outcomes are clear and used • Graduates achieve stated standards • QA is systemic • Actively promote scholarship • Collect, analyze, and act on student data • Student Services meets needs of students
    • 7. 3. Develop and Apply Resources and OrganizationalStructure to Ensure Sustainability • Sufficient full-time qualified faculty • Clear faculty policies (workload, evals, …) • Supported faculty development • History of financial stability • Sufficient Learning Resources • IT sufficient to support mission • Clear organizational leadership roles (CEO, CFO, CAO) • Independent governing board • Faculty have role in governance
    • 8. 4. Create an Organization Committed toLearning and Improvement • Clear and open strategic planning process • QA is well defined at all key levels • Institutional research collects data to support assessment of learning • Ongoing improvement of teaching and learning • Broad stakeholder involvement in institutional assessment
    • 9. Issues with Competency-based programs: WGU experience• The WASC Senior Commission has very little experience with for-profit institutions• Force focus on learning outcomes not class seat time• Clearly articulate that competency is assessment based, not experiential learning• Translation between traditional 120 credit “hour” degree programs must be defined• Faculty model and scholarship must be clearly defined and explained• Courses and learning resources intensely scrutinized
    • 10. Game Plan• May 2011 - secure agreement from DETC to move to competency based model• Complete Self Study for DETC re-affirmation by September 2011• Achieve DETC reaccreditation by January 2012 as online Competency-based model• January 2012 - Petition WASC for accelerated path to regional accreditation• 2013 - achieve regional accreditation as online competency-based university

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