Purpose of WSCUC Accreditation
Accreditation is one way that universities demonstrate and affirm institutional commitment to high-quality education and contribution to the public good. Accreditation is a voluntary, nongovernmental process of peer review. The accrediting process, which consists of the self-study and institutional review, examines the university as a whole, the sum of its parts. It requires the institutional affirmation of WSCUC Core Commitments (PDF) demonstrated through the achievements of Standards and Criteria for Review (PDF). WSCUC website provides additional information about the purposes of accreditation.
Value and Importance of WSCUC Accreditation
In the United States, institutional accreditation is conducted by region. Cal Poly Pomona is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Why does the WSCUC accreditation matter?
- It certifies the campus’ commitment to student learning and success, quality and improvement, as well as accountability, integrity, and long-term viability and sustainability.
- It demonstrates to external constituents – students, employers, legislators and the public – that the institution is purposeful, viable, effective, and honest.
- It provides the opportunity for the institution to engage in periodic reflection, planning, data analysis and alignment of resources to fulfill its core mission and to further advance and strengthen its cultures of relevance, focus, aspiration, community, evidence, and betterment.
Timeline Overview for CPP’s WSCUC Re-Accreditation
During the WSCUC Self-Study, the university community writes the institutional report for the WSCUC Commission. The next step is the Offsite Review during which the peer review team provides feedback on the report and delineates questions for Cal Poly Pomona to address during the on-site visit. During the on-site Accreditation Visit, the peer review team meets with campus representatives to follow up on the “lines of inquiry” raised during the Offsite Review and submits team report to the Commission for action (i.e., accreditation decision).
University’s WSCUC Milestones (2008 – 2019)
The most recent historical milestones in the university’s WSCUC accreditation history are two accreditation visits -- 2008 Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) and 2010 Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). At the conclusion of the EER visit in 2010, the Commission re-affirmed Cal Poly Pomona’s accreditation for 10 years. The Commission asked us to submit an Interim Report in 2013 and another Interim Report in 2015.
2015 Interim Report Feedback from the WSCUC Commission
On November 1, 2015, Cal Poly Pomona submitted the 2015 Interim Report to the WSCUC Commission. The Commission’s response specified the following areas for the institution to address in the institutional report for the WSCUC Fall 2018 submission:
Retention and Graduation
The Commission notes that the student achievement gap persists despite the campus’ allocation of considerable resources to the initiatives to reduce the gap. The Commission’s recommendations include:
- To gain a better understanding of the reasons students do not succeed
- To solicit student feedback to correlate indirect assessment with student characteristics
- To assess the impact of the institution’s interventions and their varying effects depending on the student profile (CFR 1.2, 2.1, 2.11, 2.13)
Assessment and Program Review
The Commission’s recommendations include:
- To continue to advance the campus-wide assessment efforts and to engage more faculty in assessment
- To continue the annual assessment efforts to ensure quality improvements and assurance as the campus transitions to semester calendar (CFR 2.7, 4.1, 4.4)
The Commission’s feedback is as follows:
- Recommends that Cal Poly Pomona continue consideration of the sustainability of the GE program design, particularly since the program requires 13 competencies (i.e., student learning outcomes);
- Urges Cal Poly Pomona to include direct evidence in the assessment of these competencies.