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Reaccreditation/WASC Update

In June, Pacific received a positive final Action Letter from the WASC Senior College and University Commission in response to the Interim Report Pacific submitted in March 2015 and the May 2015 follow-up conference call with the Interim Report Committee. In its Action Letter, the Commission commended University on its progress. There were no follow-up requirements from the Commission.

This success is the result of the diligent and collaborative work of the WASC Interim Report Task Force and everyone across the University to make progress on the three issues, gather and analyze evidence of that progress, and write and review report sections. 

Key stakeholder groups who reviewed and provided feedback on the Interim Report included: University Assessment Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Student Success Committee, Academic Council, Council of Assistant and Associate Deans, Leadership Team of the Division of Student Life, the Provost's Leadership Council and the President's Cabinet. The Board of Regents reviewed the Interim Report at their April 2015 meeting.   The Task Force would like to thank everyone involved for your part in this very successful report.  It was truly a collective effort, but there is always more to do. Later this year the University will begin to prepare for its next full reaccreditation report (due in 2018) and site visit (in 2019). We will be required to provide updates on the three issues in the Interim Report, in addition to addressing issues typically part of the reaccreditation process.

The Task Force would like to thank everyone involved for your part in this very successful report.  It was truly a collective effort, but there is always more to do. Later this year the University will begin to prepare for its next full reaccreditation report (due in 2018) and site visit (in 2019). We will be required to provide updates on the three issues in the Interim Report, in addition to addressing issues typically part of the reaccreditation process. 

Members of the WASC Interim Report Task Force, grouped by the issues they addressed:

Strengthening Systems of Assessment and Program Review
Eileen McFall, Director of Learning and Academic Assessment
Eric Boyce, Co-Chair of University Assessment Committee
Greg Rohlf, Associate Professor, College of the Pacific, former Chair of Academic Affairs
Jon Schamber, Co-Chair Institutional Effectiveness Committee (AY 2013-14 member)
Sandy Mahoney, Director of Assessment and Student Development Services, Student Life  

Enhancing Student Success and Diversity 
Elisa Anders, Associate Dean of Students, Division of Student Life
Joanna Royce-Davis, Dean of Students. Division of Student Life (AY 2013-14 member)
Lou Matz, Assistant Provost for Academic Student Support and Retention
Marcia Hernandez, Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of Sociology, College of the Pacific
Mike Rogers, Director of Institutional Research

Establishing Faculty Workload Guidelines
Berit Gundersen, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs & Educational Effectiveness
Caroline Cox, Special Projects Advisor to the Provost (AY 2013-14 member)
Cynthia Dobbs, Associate Professor, College of the Pacific

Additional Task Force Members from Stakeholder Groups
Chris Goff, Assistant Provost for Diversity
Courtney Lehmann, Chair, Academic Council
Jim Uchizono, Chair, Academic Affairs
Linda Skrla, Committee on Graduate Studies
Melinda Westland, Graduate Student Representative
Rosa Munoz, Student Representative
Sharmila King, Academic Council
Yesenia Gutierrez, Student Representative

Core Interim Report Management Group
Cyd Jenefsky, Vice Provost for Strategy & Educational Effectiveness
Berit Gundersen, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs & Educational Effectiveness
Eileen McFall, Director of Learning and Academic Assessment
Victoria Oliva, Project Support Specialist, Office of the Provost