WASC Undergraduate Education Committee
This page contains information related to the WASC undergraduate education committee.
- 29 Nov 06: SFC committee meeting, 29 Nov 06
- 26 Oct 06: WASC steering committee meeting, 26 Oct 06
- 23 Oct 06: WASC teleconference, 23 Oct 06
- 25 Aug 06: Updated the proposal to address feedback from WASC
- 30 Jun 06: WASC teleconference, 30 Jun 06
- 17 Apr 06: Richard met with the Core Curriculum Steering Committee (CCSC) (notes)
- 16 Apr 06: a working draft of the WASC Proposal is now available. Please send comments to Richard (or edit it directly).
- 13 Apr 06: Second meeting of the WASC UG education committee @ 3 pm in 110 Steele (minutes)
- 5 Apr 06: Richard met with John Hall to discuss ideas for what to include (notes)
- 3 Apr 06: Richard met with UASH to discuss ideas for what to include (notes)
- 25 Mar 06: Excerpts of the 1997 WASC Proposal are now online, as a guide to what will be done this year
- 7 Mar 06: first meeting of the committee (minutes)
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits accredits public and private senior colleges and universities. The accreditation review pro- cess is based on large part on a self-assessment and involves an institutional presentation developed in three stages:
- Stage 1: The Institutional Proposal (due May 2006) - describes what we propose to include in stage 2 and 3 and how we execute our self-assessment
- Stage 2: the Preparatory Review (Fall 2008) - 1-2 day site visit that should evaluate key institutional resources, structures, and processes in the light of the Commission’s Standards. The commission will prepare a report of issues that need to be addressed in the final educational effectiveness review.
- Stage 3: The Educational Effectiveness Review (Fall 2009) - This is a 2-3 day site visit, whose primary purpose is to invite sustained engagement by the institution on the extent to which the institution fulfills its educational objectives.
The cycle of review is intended to be a maximum of ten years, providing institutions a three-year period to complete the process of self review and external evaluation, followed by an extended period of time for sustaining initiatives and recommendations resulting from this process.
- Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
- WASC Handbook for Accreditation (137 pages)
For the 2008-09 review, Caltech plans to focus on three areas:
- The Honor System
- Undergraduate Research
- Undergraduate Education
The UG education committee will focus on the third topic and will be responsible for defining what areas we undertake in our self-study and what actions we propose to improve key aspects of undergraduate education at Caltech.
- 1 May 06: materials due to David Goodstein
- Outline our proposed assessment area and process
- Should be 3-4 pages long; will get integrated into full report
- Fall 2006: WASC approves proposal; review cycle begins
- Fall 2008: report on results of self-study; 1-2 day site visit
- Fall 2009: educational assessment due; 2-3 day site visit