April 22, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Early: $245 Advance: $265 Onsite: $295
CEO Forum and Luncheon: The National Conversation and Institutional Leadership: The President’ s Role in Setting the Course for Accreditation

This year’s CEO Forum will be an interactive exploration of the national context of accreditation and the critical role presidents have in these larger conversations as well as in leading localized accreditation processes. Regardless of where your institution is in the WSCUC accreditation cycle, this forum will provide the opportunity for WSCUC presidents to discuss these opportunities and share strategies for engaging in the national accreditation conversations while setting the course for institutional accreditation processes in ways that can deeply benefit WSCUC institutions and the region as a whole. We will briefly review the Core Commitments and expectations of the 2013 Handbook of Accreditation, and together explore such questions as:

  • What are current challenges to accreditation at the national and state levels that presidents should be aware of? How might presidents contribute to the national conversation about accreditation, institutional quality, and student success?


  • How might presidents establish an institutional culture for ensuring ongoing attention to WSCUC’s Core Commitments of student learning and success; quality and improvement; and institutional integrity, sustainability, and accountability?


  • How can presidents leverage the WSCUC accreditation process to continue to support institutional quality and sustainability?


  • What strategies are effective in engaging the Board, Cabinet, ALO, Steering Committee, faculty, students, and other constituents in the accreditation process?


Host: Mary Ellen Petrisko
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Mary Ellen Petrisko became the fifth WSCUC President on September 1, 2013. Dr. Petrisko has extensive experience in institutional academic leadership, regional accreditation and state policy. Before joining WSCUC, she served as vice president of the Middle States Commission for Higher Education, where she served as the liaison to approximately 80 institutions including public, private, and for-profit colleges and universities. She is a former deputy secretary of higher education for the Maryland Higher Education Commission and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland University College. Petrisko also served as academic vice president of the Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University for Integrative Health) and taught for several years in the philosophy department of the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University.

Host: Bill Ladusaw
WASC Senior College and University Commission
Facilitator: Jim Appleton
President Emeritus
University of Redlands; former Chair, WASC Senior College and University Commission
Facilitator: Richard Osborn
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission
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