Tuesday April 5, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
W0 - WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard as one Tool for Student Success - A Workshop for Institutional Teams

Fee:  No Charge - Advanced Registration Required

We recommend that participants attend in institutional teams, to include the ALO, Institutional Research, Assessment, and Student Success/Affairs personnel, or other the key individuals involved in student success, retention, and graduation.

Please bring a laptop or tablet to access the online comparative tool and other workshop materials.

With 50% of U.S. citizens having no more than a high school diploma, college degree completion has become a focus of national discussion about higher education. For the WASC Senior College & University Commission, student success includes not only strong retention and graduation rates, but also high-quality learning. It means that students are prepared for success in their personal, civic, and professional lives, and that they embody the values and behaviors that make their institutions distinctive. Institutions’ definitions of success will therefore differ, given their unique missions, traditions, programs, and the characteristics of the student they serve. WSCUC thus emphasizes the need to address and measure student success in a variety of ways, including student learning outcomes, student retention, progress towards a degree, and graduation rates.

Toward this end, the Graduation Rate Dashboard was developed by WSCUC as an inclusive method to identify the enrollment, retention, and graduation of all undergraduate students. The primary benefit of this methodology is that it accounts for all students regardless of how they matriculate (first-time or transfer, lower or upper division) or enroll (part-time, full-time, swirling), or what programs they pursue. WSCUC institutions are asked to submit Graduation Rate Dashboard data for their undergraduate programs each year during Annual Reporting; the Commission and the region’s institutions are still exploring a variety of ways to best deploy the tool to support student success initiatives and how to best use it in accreditation processes.

Participants in this workshop will explore in detail how and when they might use the Graduation Rate Dashboard at their institutions, how to interpret the trends represented by the data, and will begin to formulate action plans for use of the tool at their institutions.

Geoff Chase
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Dr. Chase was Dean of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU). He served as Accreditation Liaison Officer at SDSU for over 10 years and as team chair, assistant chair, and team member for multiple WSCUC review teams.

Dr. Chase has played key leadership roles since 2002. He was instrumental in establishing SDSU’s Weber Honors College and the University’s Center for Regional Sustainability (for which he served as Director) and oversaw programs aimed at increasing student completion and success including undergraduate research, assessment of student learning, and community-based service learning. Prior to his tenure at SDSU, Dr. Chase held a number of positions at Northern Arizona University, including Chair of the English Department, Dean of Liberal Studies and Assessment, and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Dr. Chase was the co-editor of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change (2004), and Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation (2013), both of which were published by MIT Press.  He was a founding board member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and served as board chair for that organization from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Chase holds a Ph.D. in 20th Century American and British Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Henry Hernandez
WSCUC Senior College and University Commission

Henry Hernandez joined WSCUC in 2007 and has served the organization in several roles include Manager of Substantive Change and Director of Communications and Information Systems. His current focus as CIO is on improving the agency's information systems to better serve the Commission's decision making processes, to facilitate the engagement of member institutions, peer evaluators and staff in the accreditation process and improve the accessibility of accreditation information to members of the public. Previous to WSCUC Henry has worked in a variety of roles in higher education. Henry holds a Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Change from California State University, East Bay.

Maureen Maloney
Vice President
WSCUC Senior College and University Commission

Maureen A. Maloney Before joining WASC in October, 2012, Moe was a member of the Graduate Theological Union Student Affairs staff for 18 years. Moe served as the GTU Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students from 2004 to 2012. Her previous roles at GTU included Assistant/Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program and Student Life Coordinator. Before joining the GTU staff, Moe was a research assistant with another consortium, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. From 1984 through 1991, Moe was the head women’s basketball coach for San Francisco State University. Moe has an Ed.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. in Physical Education Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests are in higher education organizational theory, teaching and learning, student retention and graduation, and faculty development.