Alliant International University
WSCUC Reaffirmation 2019-20


Frequently Asked Questions and
Reaffirmation Process

What is the difference between regional and specialty, or programmatic accreditation?

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a review process used to determine whether institutions or programs meet educational quality standards. Accreditation is a voluntary process gained and maintained by most educational institutions.

What is WSCUC?

WSCUC, also known as WASC, is the WASC Senior College and University Commission, one of seven regional accrediting bodies. It accredits colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin offering a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation, including WSCUC accreditation, and some other national or programmatic accreditations are a pre-requisite for financial aid. Regional accreditation is also required for some specialty accreditations.

The Alliant WSCUC Reaffirmation Steering Committee invites you to participate in our institutional preparation for the WSCUC process:

FAQs

Informational Meetings

Open Meeting Schedule

Questions? Reach out to: Tracy Heller, PhD Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs theller@alliant.edu Patty Mullen Associate Provost for Institutional Research pmullen@alliant.edu WSCUC information mailbox wasc6ws@alliant.edu

The Reaffirmation Process and Accreditation Visit

What is the WSCUC reaffirmation of accreditation process?

The reaffirmation process consists of three parts that build on each other:

The Institutional Report describes Alliant, how we are meeting WSCUC standards, and our efforts to strengthen the university.

During the November 2019 Offsite Review, the evaluation team reviewed information in Alliant’s institutional report and identifies areas for inquiry for the on- campus Accreditation Visit.

During the Accreditation Visit, the team meets with students, faculty, staff, administrators and board members, and finalize their data and information gathering.

Visit Details

The visits to three locations will be:

  • February 4: Los Angeles
  • February 10: San Francisco Bay Area/Emeryville
  • September 22 -25: Remote Visit

Who Will Participate?

The visits to three locations will be:

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Leadership & Governance Groups
  • Staff
  • Academic Leadership & Program Groups

including: the Board of Trustees, the Executive Leadership Team, Faculty Senate, Unified Staff Council and other system and campus leadership teams.

Evaluation Team

The team consists of five peer reviewers from other institutions in the WSCUC region:

  • Vivian Sanchez, CEO of University of St. Augustine for the Health Sciences
  • Stephanie Juillerat, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Azusa Pacific University
  • David Ely, Associate Dean, Fowler College of Business, San Diego State University
  • W. Kenneth Nelson, Associate Director, Office of Educational Effectiveness/ Institutional Researcher, Loma Linda University
  • Daniel Grassian, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, California State University, Chico

They will be joined by Barbara Davis, WSCUC Vice President, who is Alliant’s liaison at WSCUC.

Evaluation Team Line of Inquiry

The team will want to learn more about the academic programs, institutional operations, the academic environment, and program and institutional effectiveness. They will explore how faculty and administrators evaluate and monitor academic and operational quality and effectiveness, use assessment processes to assure quality, and improve where needed.

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