March, 2004 - Capacity Review
- Focuses on the capacity of the University to fulfill its educational
purposes, including faculty responsibility for a high-quality
curriculum, administrative and fiscal integrity, sufficiency
of resources, and appropriate mechanisms for assessment and
March, 2005 - Educational Effectiveness Review - Focuses
on the University’s effectiveness in achieving its educational
purposes and goals. HPU will show how it meets the WASC standards
through a focus on three themes: student learning, global citizenship,
and institutional effectiveness.
Last year the President named a task force to work on “accreditation
readiness.” This initiative has been led by Dr. John Fleckles
and has involved a range of faculty, staff, and administrators.
The group has been studying the new WASC standards, evaluating
many aspects of the University’s capacity, and developing
plans for presenting evidence at each visit to show that we more
than meet the standards.
Each time a school is visited for reaccreditation, the WASC
Commission provides the school with a description of the
issues and improvements
that need to be addressed before the next visit. So the Task
Force has also been addressing the areas identified for improvement
at our last WASC visit. The following are examples of needed
improvements: strengthen learning assessment processes, implement
strategic planning, develop a faculty hiring plan, and strengthen
connections between the Five Themes and the general education
Several months prior to each accreditation visit, the school
submits a report to WASC that describes its progress and reflects
on evidence concerning its strengths and weaknesses. Schools
are encouraged to be self-critical in these reports and to show
how improvements demonstrate a “culture of evidence.” HPU
submitted its first report in December, 2003. This report will
have been reviewed by the task force and various councils within
the University before it is submitted and it will be available
for members of the HPU community to review when it is completed.
Questions about strategic planning or WASC accreditation? Ask
a member of the Educational Effectiveness Planning Committee
or the WASC Task Force. If you don’t know someone on either
committee, don’t hesitate to contact the office of Dr.
John Fleckles, vice president of Academic Administration for