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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.

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joint ats wasc accreditation reviews

Joint ATS-WASC Accreditation Reviews

Jerry McCarthy, ATS

Teri Cannon, WASC

value of ats wasc reviews
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
general responsibilities
General Responsibilities
  • Sharing information, reports, and actions on institutions
  • Providing orientation to participating institutions and teams
  • Coordinating actions
  • Staffing teams collaboratively
  • Planning visits collaboratively
  • Conducting visits and preparing reports together
general principles of the joint protocol
General Principles of the Joint Protocol
  • To facilitate the process of accreditation for the member institutions
  • To guide the process of joint visits involving both accrediting agencies
responsibilities of the wasc and ats staff
Responsibilities of the WASC and ATS Staff
  • Coordination of WASC Institutional Protocols
  • Orientation of ATS/WASC Chairs
  • Coordination of team recommendations and respective Commission actions
  • Staffing: Usually 3-4 WASC visitors and 2 ATS visitors/ possibility of joint chair
  • Two visits: Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) and Educational Effectiveness Review (EER)
  • Normally most CPR members also serve, if possible, on EER team
responsibilities of the wasc and ats staff1
Responsibilities of theWASC and ATS Staff
  • Sharing of Documents:
    • No restrictions on sharing of accreditation-related information
  • Logistics of Visit Planning:
    • WASC/ATS staffs consult on team composition 12 months

prior to visits

    • WASC/ATS staffs consult 20-24 weeks prior to coordinate


    • WASC staff consult with school on team dates and

coordinate with ATS staff

    • Materials for visits sent to each agency 12 weeks

prior to team members

responsibilities of the institutions
Responsibilities of theInstitutions
  • Distribution of Institutional Presentations:
    • Submitted to WASC and ATS (Proposals, CPR Review, EER Review)
  • Distribution of WASC Institutional Proposal to ATS after approval by WASC
  • CPR/EER Reports: 1 paper copy and 1 electronic copy to ATS/WASC and 1 copy to each team member 12 weeks prior to visit
  • Reports for Special/Focused Visits: 4 copies to each agency + 1 to each team member 8 weeks prior
  • Interim Reports and Progress Reports: 4 copies to agency requiring report + 1 copy to partner agency
responsibilities of team evaluators
Responsibilities ofTeam Evaluators
  • Team Co-Chairs (one from each agency)
  • Role of ATS Co-Chair: As prescribed in ATS Handbook of Accreditation
  • Role of WASC Co-Chair: Responsible for oversight of visit, drafting WASC team report with WASC Assistant Chair, making team recommendation to Commission
development and construction of the team report
Development and Constructionof the Team Report
  • General Report Coverage: Address standards/criteria of both agencies
  • Report Format: Each agency’s standards are addressed and appended to the partner agency report
  • Report Content: Follows the guidelines of each agency
  • Team Recommendations:
    • Coordinated as much as possible for both agencies
    • Consensus desired with respect to recommendations and monitoring actions
    • Alignment desired as much as possible, but differences may emerge
development and construction of the team report1
Development and Constructionof the Team Report
  • Finalizing Team Report
    • Commission staffs, team chairs/assistant chairs confer as soon as possible
    • Drafts to be available ordinarily within two weeks of visit
  • Exit Meeting and Confidentiality of Team Recommendations:
    • Each agency has different practices and will report findings appropriately at the exit interview
    • ATS and WASC teams are not required to make the same recommendation
    • The Commissions of each agency make the final recommendations that may or may not follow the recommendation of the visiting team
more on the wasc three stage review process
More on the WASC Three-Stage Review Process

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.

timeline for review cpr eer
Timeline For Review(CPR/EER)

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

more on the team pre visit preparation and coordination
More on the Team Pre-Visit Preparation and Coordination
  • Materials review
  • Call with the CEO and chairs
  • Pre-visit conference call
    • To meet team members
    • To identify issues and strategy
    • To agree on team assignments
    • To refine visit schedule
    • To identify needed documents
    • To plan visit logistics and report
wasc standards and cfrs
WASC Standards and CFRs
  • Core Commitments: Capacity and EE
  • Standards: Broad, holistic, encompassing
  • Criteria for Review: Provide specificity and meaning
  • Guidelines: Ways to demonstrate compliance with CFRs
team use of the standards and cfrs
Team Use of the Standards and CFRs
  • Team judgments must be linked to specific Standards and CFRs
  • CFRs must be cited in reports
  • Standards and CFRs form the basis for Commission decisions
  • Standards and CFRs provide a context for continuous quality improvement

STANDARD 1:Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational ObjectivesInstitutional PurposesIntegrity


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

example cfr 2 6 slos used to evaluate students graduates achieve stated levels of attainment
Capacity and Preparatory

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?

Educational Effectiveness

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
wasc visit advisory for 2008 09
WASC Visit Advisory for 2008-09
  • Systematic review and reporting of off-campus sites and distance education programs
  • Analysis of retention and graduation rates
  • Team rating of institution on Framework for Evaluating Educational Effectiveness (pilot)
  • Compliance audits for new and sanctioned institutions
new wasc tools for teams rubrics for assessment of student learning
New WASC Tools for Teams: Rubrics for Assessment of Student Learning
  • Academic Program Learning Outcomes
  • Use of Portfolios in Assessing Program Outcomes
  • Use of Capstones in Assessing Program Outcomes
  • Integration of Student Learning Assessment into Program Review
wasc expectations about assessment of student learning

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 strategies

WASC Expectations about Assessment of Student Learning
expected examples of evidence of assessment
Expected Examples of Evidence of Assessment
  • Retention and graduation data/disaggregated and analyzed
  • Standardized test results/licensing exams
  • Faculty assessments
    • Grades
    • Portfolios, capstones and work samples
  • Surveys and standardized interviews
good practice in evidence of educational effectiveness
Good Practice in Evidence of Educational Effectiveness
  • Direct evidence of student learning and self-reported or indirect evidence
  • Evidence related to the intended student learning outcomes -- validity
  • Replicable evidence, representative of the student population -- reliability
  • Multiple measures of student learning
using the wasc ee framework
Using the WASC EE Framework
  • Identify where the institution fits on the framework for each line
  • Use results to determine where the institution is in its evolution toward being a highly developed learning organization
  • Use language of the framework in the report to guide the Commission and the institution
using evidence in team reports
Using Evidence in Team Reports
  • Use qualitative and quantitative evidence
  • Select evidence carefully and purposefully
  • Connect evidence to an assertion or question
  • Analyze information; do not just put forth data
  • Let evidence suggest improvements
  • Use evidence that speaks to the institution’s themes and the team's questions
  • Address results/findings of assessment, not just process