Issue # 3.2 • Spring 2009 | California State University, Fullerton
WASC Task Force Appreciation and Update Event Held on May 8
Some 80 members of various task forces consisting of students, faculty, staff, and administrators gathered in the TSU on May 8 to share their accomplishments of the past two years. Chairs of a dozen groups provided concise descriptions of their charges and the outcomes of their work. (See the recap on pages 2 and 3.) Overall, they have made significant progress and will provide detailed summaries of their work by semester’s end. Those reports will form the basis of a longer document and extensive appendices that constitute the Capacity and Preparatory Review Report (C & PR). The three major themes for our campus review are campus-wide planning, student learning and assessment (which includes student writing), and student engagement. A special thank you goes out to the faculty and staff who have provided leadership to each of the task forces. Their names are indicated on the following pages.
The Steering Committee believes that the efforts of so many professionally-minded members of our campus community speak volumes about the ability of Cal State Fullerton to carry out its mission even in times of economic distress. The Committee is unanimous in thanking each and every one of its task force members for their dedicated service. See the complete list in Newsletter 3.1 at (www.fullerton.edu/wasc).
Our Special Thanks
Because the WASC reaccreditation process takes place across several years, the Steering Committee membership naturally changes as participants take on other roles. The Committee has been fortunate to have the outstanding service of two colleagues who will assume other responsibilities in the fall. Sheryl Fontaine, who will become chair of the English Department, and Paul Levesque, Comparative Religion, who is taking on additional teaching responsibilities, have provided invaluable leadership to the Committee. Sheryl was the primary author of the initial WASC Institutional Proposal and Paul was particularly adept at keeping the members informed about the seemingly ever-changing WASC requirements. Joining the Committee are Melinda Blackman, Psychology, and Michael Loverude, Physics. We welcome them both.
Task Force Reports
As noted on the front page, members of the dozen task forces gathered on May 8 at the TSU to share with one another and the campus at large the progress made toward their respective charges. Below is a synopsis of that day’s reports.
Campus-Wide Planning 1 Charge Mike Parker, Reporting
Student Engagement 3 Charge Aimee Nelson, Chair
Student Learning and Assessment 1 & 2 Charge Anne Houtman, Chair
Writing 1 & 2 Charge Stephen Westbrook, Chair
Student Engagement 4 Charge
Ed Sullivan, Chair
Student Engagement 5 Charge Gerald Bryant and Irene Matz, Co-Chairs
Now What?The Next Step in the Reaccreditation Process is the Preparation and Campus Review Report
As the reports from the dozen or so task forces are submitted, a subcommittee of the WASC Steering Committee will commence its efforts to produce a very detailed document, the Capacity and Preparatory Review Report, to provide the basis of a review by a visiting team of WASC representatives scheduled for March 10-12, 2010.
That group of writers includes Sheryl Fontaine, English; Diana Guerin, Child and Adolescent Studies; Chris Renne, Elementary and Bilingual Education and Director of the Center for Careers in Teaching; and possibly Paul Levesque, Comparative Religion. According to WASC, the written review and on-site visit help determine whether an “institution functions with clear purposes, high levels of institutional integrity, fiscal stability, and organizational structures and processes to fulfill its purposes.” The purposes of the C & PR are to:
- Review and verify the information provided in the report and accompanying series of exhibits to include financial, student enrollment and other relevant data to assure the data fairly and accurately portray the state of the institution at the time of review.
- Evaluate key institutional resources, structures, and processes to assure that the institution operates at or above threshold levels acceptable for accreditation.
- Evaluate the institution’s infrastructure to support educational effectiveness, especially in regard to retention and graduation, the assessment of student learning, and program review as well as organizational learning and use of evidence.
- Assess the institution’s preparedness to undertake the final step, called the Educational Effectiveness Review, and assist the institution in refining its focus and plan for that review.
The report produced by the subcommittee is due to the WASC offices in early December. Our goal is to have a first draft available for campus comment and review by early in the fall semester. The Steering Committee must have a complete report and set of appendices ready to submit by the early December deadline.
Down the road will come the third step in the WASC process, the Educational Effectiveness Review. Again, a report will be developed partly based on the outcome of the C & PR visit. That report will provide the basis for another visit, scheduled for October 12-14, 2011, that will culminate, hopefully, in a recommendation for reaffirmation of our existing accreditation.
Calendar of Events
Subcommittee writes first draft of Capacity and Preparatory Review Report. Early September, 2009 Capacity and Preparatory Review Report draft begins campus review.
Early December, 2009
Capacity and Preparatory Review Report submitted to WASC.
March 10-12, 2010
WASC Team Campus Visitation and Capacity and Preparatory Review Spring, 2010 Steering Committee resumes preparation of Educational Effectiveness Review Report.
October 12-14, 2011
WASC Team Campus Visitation and Educational Effectiveness Review