W6 - Using Metaphor Methods to Craft an Accreditation Self-Study
Preparing a clear, concise, and compelling institutional report for regional accreditation is extremely challenging given the need to deeply engage a broad range of diverse stakeholders with competing priorities and perspectives. This interactive workshop will explore the use of metaphor methods to prompt critical thinking and creative writing for an accreditation self-study. The focus will be on two required components of a WSCUC institutional report: the meaning, quality, and integrity of degrees; and preparing for the changing higher education environment. A series of practical exercises will illustrate how to capitalize on conceptual analogues based in the subject-matter expertise of self-study participants, toward crafting reflective essays that resonate more or less equally with a wide variety of stakeholders. The learning outcomes of the workshop include:
- Knowledge – describing the concepts of diagnostic reasoning and metaphor methods;
- Skills – applying metaphor methods to reading and shaping of academic programs;
- Attitudes – valuing multiple perspectives and emergent intelligence; and
- Process – using metaphor methods to conduct an accreditation self-study.
William Shay is the Assistant Provost of Academic Personnel at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU).
He oversees academic affairs administration in the areas of faculty appointment, promotion, and employment, academic program and student services review, and regional and specialized accreditation. Dr. Shay serves as CDU’s WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer, and is a graduate of the 2015-16 WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has extensive professional experience in sponsored research, academic personnel, and academic program administration.