Joint ATS-WASC Accreditation Reviews. Jerry McCarthy, ATS Teri Cannon, WASC. Value of ATS-WASC Reviews. Enriches the experience for the institution Brings more points of view to the evaluation of the institution Reduces duplicative work of preparing reports for and conducting two reviews.
Jerry McCarthy, ATS
Teri Cannon, WASC
prior to visits
coordinate with ATS staff
prior to team members
1. Proposal: Identifies priorities, areas of emphasis, and outcomes. Aligns work with institutional plans and needs.
2. Capacity/Preparatory Review: Focuses on capacity and readiness for educational effectiveness.
3. Educational Effectiveness: Focuses on results of assessment of student learning/quality improvement.
12 weeks 2 months
Institution mails report to team and WASC
Team holds conference call; chairs talk with CEO
Site visit held and team report written
Institution responds to errors of fact in team report
Institution responds to final team report
WASC Commission acts at February or June meeting
STANDARD 2:Achieving Educational Objectives Through Core FunctionsTeaching and LearningScholarship and CreativitySupport for Student Learning
STANDARD 3:Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure SustainabilityFaculty and StaffFiscal, Physical, and Information ResourcesOrganizational Structures and Decision-Making Processes
STANDARD 4:Creating an Organization Committed to Learning and ImprovementStrategic Thinking and Planning Commitment to Learning and Improvement
Has the institution defined expected levels of attainment for SL?
Are they embedded in the standards and measures for student work?
What data are collected & how analyzed?
How are they measured?
What do data show?
Are data disaggregated and analyzed?
Has the institution used data analysis to make changes and/or improvements?
How well are graduates achieving SLO?Example: CFR 2.6SLOs used to evaluate students, graduates achieve stated levels of attainment
Student learning outcomes set at program and course level
SLOs are in syllabi
Faculty has developed assessment plans
Faculty has set expectations for student achievement
Faculty has tools to measure learning (direct and indirect; multiple)
Results of assessment show extent to which graduates are meeting expected levels of achievement
Results used to improve student learning
Results used to improve assessment strategiesWASC Expectations about Assessment of Student Learning