KEY ELEMENTS OF INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW PROCESS
The WSCUC Institutional Review Process consists of four stages:
- Self-study (March 2015-February 2017)
- Institutional report (February 23, 2017)
- Off-site review (May 4, 2017)
- Accreditation visit (November 14-16, 2017)
At the conclusion of the peer review process, accreditation is re-affirmed for six, eight, or ten years by the Commission (February 15, 2018).
RESULTS FROM OFF-SITE REVIEW
- We commend William Jessup University for managing its impressive enrollment growth and the addition of new programs through the formation of the Academic Program Development structure.
- The team was impressed with William Jessup University’s campus facilities planning and expansion.
- We commend William Jessup University for the development and assessment of the University Learning Goals and their alignment with the WSCUC Core Competencies.
- It was evident throughout the institutional report that William Jessup University stakeholders have a strong sense of mission and ownership in developing students as Transformational Leaders for the glory of God.
- We commend William Jessup University for its broad engagement of the community in identifying challenges and areas for improvement including: Finances, Assessment and Strategic Planning.
- We commend William Jessup University for inclusion of Lived Values within its definition of student success.
Lines of Inquiry
The team has identified the following lines of inquiry for the Accreditation Visit:
- Financial Sustainability: support for projected enrollment and fundraising goals that establish the University’s confidence level in its ability to achieve these goals. What are the contingency plans if the goals are not met?
- Strategic Planning: how the strategic planning process has matured over the past five years, and how it engages the campus community, is data driven, and is connected to the allocation of resources.
- Assessment Infrastructure: the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the assessment infrastructure in evaluating all areas including student learning in the discipline, core competencies and general education. The team will consider how the assessment infrastructure examines educational effectiveness and has mechanisms for identifying problems and finding solutions. This includes assurance that students are consistently meeting the standards of performance established by the academic discipline and the University.
- Transformational Leadership: how transformational leadership is being integrated into the curriculum and co-curriculum and how it is being assessed.
- Program Review: the role of program review in ensuring the integrity and coherence of the curriculum. The team will explore how annual assessment (with supporting data) is a part of the program review process and the extent to which it includes co-curricular programs.
- Student Success: the ongoing efforts and strategies to promote student success including compilation and analysis of retention and completion data disaggregated to identify possible at-risk student populations.