W7 The New Institutional Review Process
Beginning in 2013, WSCUC’s process for reviewing institutions changed – a once in a decade event. The 2013 Handbook of Accreditation was implemented and with it, revised Standards were introduced; an offsite review (OSR) followed by a more focused accreditation visit (AV) was implemented; and new requirements for the Institutional Report were detailed. A number of institutions have embarked on the new process. How can institutions begin planning now for their upcoming reviews and visits? What are the key changes? What impact will the new process have on you and your institution? What resources are available to help you prepare going forward? And what have we already learned from institutions’ early experiences that will be useful as you plan? This workshop explores these topics and more, with time reserved for participants’ questions. It is designed primarily for those who are not ALOs but want to learn more.
Christopher N. Oberg has participated in accreditation visits for WSCUC and NEASC since 1985 and currently serves on the WSCUC Financial Review Committee. He has held numerous administrative positions at three private institutions of higher education, including Associate Academic Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, and Interim President, in California and Massachusetts. His areas of interest include organizational change, higher education finance, and governance. He has run consulting businesses in business process transformation for higher education and health care, and for entrepreneurial business development. Most recently he served as adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, teaching in the program in higher education administration and developing a leadership program for community college professionals. Christopher received his BA in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University.
Richard Osborn, Vice President, joined WSCUC in July 2009 after serving eight years as President of Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California. Dick has enjoyed the experience of growing up in international locations, including Lebanon and Uruguay. He has served at every level within education, including as teacher, principal, and superintendent at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. As a regional and national education vice president, he served as board member/consultant for fifteen college/university boards conducting many training sessions and presenting strategic planning and other seminars. He also has swerved in various capacities on several hospital boards. Dick’s leadership capacity in several state and national associations includes recent service as Chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. Dick has an undergraduate degree from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, and an MA and a PhD in History from the University of Maryland, specializing in colonial Virginia history.