Tuesday April 5, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Early: $100 Advance: $125 Onsite: $150
W1 - WSCUC’s Institutional Review Process: The 2013 Handbook Requirements, Undergoing Self-Study and Writing Institutional Reports, and Hosting the Visit

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. If your institution is anticipating this process in the next two to three years, this workshop will be helpful for planning out your self-study process, engaging your constituents, writing an evidence-based report, and planning for the team’s visit. Hear from institutional representatives who have gone through the process as well as team members who have performed reviews about what makes for a successful and meaningful review and visit process. Though each institution’s WSCUC liaison offers a customized institutional training 18-24 months in advance of the visit, if you are hoping to get a jump start, seeking more in-depth ideas about preparation, wanting a review of the entire process, or gathering helpful tips and ideas from institutions and team members that have participated in the process, then this workshop is for you! *

 Specifically, the workshop will address the following questions you may have:

  • How can my institution begin planning now for our upcoming review and visit given the 2013 Handbook requirements?
  • What are the key changes I need to understand?
  • What impact will the process have on our institution?
  • What resources are available to help us prepare going forward?
  • How do we effectively plan and prepare for the visit itself?
  • What have we already learned from institutions’ early experiences that will be useful as we plan?

This interactive workshop explores these topics and more, with time reserved for participants’ questions and interactions with each other.

1:00 – 2:45 2013 Handbook and Institutional Review Process for Reaffirmation
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:50 Writing Effective Reports (for all visit types)
4:00 – 5:00 Hosting a Visit (for all visit types)

 *Note, this new pre-conference workshop takes the place of and expands upon two pre-conference workshops at previous ARCs: The New IRP and Hosting a Visit. Even if your institution is not having a reaffirmation visit soon, we hope that an overview of the 2013 Handbook and Institutional Review Process will be useful for thinking forward and understanding the 2013 Handbook requirements.

Richard Osborn
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Richard Osborn, Vice President, joined WASC 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 served 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.

Christopher N. Oberg
Vice President/COO
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Christopher N. Oberg has participated in accreditation visits for WASC and NEASC since 1985 and currently serves on the WASC 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.

Siobhan Williams
Manager of Information Resources and Special Projects
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Siobhan Williams, commenced working for WASC in May 2007. Prior to joining WASC, Siobhan worked as an admissions evaluator for the law school at John F. Kennedy University. In an earlier life she worked for the federal government in Australia. She has a Diploma of Fine and Applied Art from the North Adelaide School of Art in Adelaide, South Australia, and is well-known in the office for doodling her way through meetings. Outside of work she plays a lot of tennis, hikes, cycles, swims and makes prints from her doodles.

Institutional representative: Peter L. Senkbeil
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Associate Provost
Concordia University

Peter Senkbeil has served as Associate Provost at Concordia since 2006 and as its Accreditation Liaison Officer since 2008.  He plays a significant administrative role in faculty hiring and evaluation, accreditation and assessment, and new program planning administration.  He also supervises institutional research, academic advising and student success, the Registrar’s Office, and the university library.  He served as ALO during Concordia’s  2012-14 participation in Pilot Group 1 for WASC’s revised accreditation process, which resulted in a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation for Concordia in 2014.  Peter has a B.A. in Communication and Theatre from Concordia University–Chicago, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University.  He has held a faculty appointment in the Theatre Department at Concordia-Irvine since 1992, and he previously served as the artistic director of Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, Michigan.

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