March 14, 2005
Accreditation committee report submitted
By Louise Donahue
The report by the visiting team of the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges' (WASC) educational effectiveness review
has been submitted to the campus and is available
WASC contact information:
985 Atlantic Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501
The report makes a number of thought-provoking suggestions
about campus organization, undergraduate, graduate and professional
education, and concludes that "the opportunities before
the University of California-Santa Cruz far outweigh its challenges
and suggest an extremely exciting future for an institution
long viewed as an important trailblazer in American higher education."
"The campus appreciates the hard work of the visiting
committee and their thoughtful recommendations," said Vice
Provost William Ladusaw, the campus's accreditation liaison
officer. "We look forward to further campus discussion
on how to implement some of them to enhance our educational
effectiveness and academic planning as we move forward."
The committee of eight distinguished academic administrators
visited UCSC February 2-4 in the closing phase of the review.
They consulted with administrators and faculty leadership to
assess UCSC's commitment to "educational effectiveness"
as defined in the WASC criteria for review and discussed several
strategic issues with the campus leadership.
Educational effectiveness within the framework of the review
involves two things: whether students are successfully achieving
the learning objectives of UCSC's programs and whether the institution
has good processes for assessing and improving its effectiveness.
Now that the report has been completed, the next step is a
June 2005 meeting of the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges' Commission to approve the full review, taking action
on UCSC's reaccreditation.
All four-year colleges and universities in the United States
must be reaccredited periodically to earn federal support for
student scholarships, loans, and grants. One of six regional
associations, WASC reviews educational institutions in California,
Guam, and Hawaii. Its recommendations for accreditation are
reported to the U.S. Department of Education. UCSC was last
accredited in 1994.
Additional information is available online at planning.ucsc.edu/wasc/
January 31, 2005, Currents Online: Accreditation
committee to meet with administration, faculty
January 26, 2004, Currents Online: Accreditation
team will visit UCSC for review on February 4-6
February 16, 2002, Currents Online: Accreditation
team visits UCSC
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