Alliant International University
WSCUC Reaffirmation 2019-20


WSCUC Standard 1

Meeting WSCUC Standards

Standard 1 and the Criteria for Review (CFRs) are below. Examples of evidence for achievement of this WSCUC Standard and CFRs are listed and linked below.

Standard 1: Defining Institutional Purpose and Ensuring Educational Objectives

The institution defines its purposes and establishes educational objectives aligned with those purposes. The institution has a clear and explicit sense of its essential values and character, its distinctive elements, its place in both the higher education community and society, and its contribution to the public good. It functions with integrity, transparency, and autonomy.

Institutional Purposes

Criteria for Review (CFR)

1.1 The institution’s formally approved statements of purpose are appropriate for an institution of higher education and clearly define its essential values and character and ways in which it contributes to the public good.

-Alliant's Mission, Vision, Values and Public Benefits

1.2 Educational objectives are widely recognized throughout the institution, are consistent with stated purposes, and are demonstrably achieved. The institution regularly generates, evaluates, and makes public data about student achievement, including measures of retention and graduation, and evidence of student learning.

-Program Learning Outcomes in the catalog (listed with each program)

-Alliant Professional Practice Competencies

-Student Achievement Information

1.3 The institution publicly states its commitment to academic freedom for faculty, staff, and students, and acts accordingly. This commitment affirms that those in the academy are free to share their convictions and responsible conclusions with their colleagues and students in their teaching and writing.

-Academic Freedom Policy

1.4 Consistent with its purposes and character, the institution demonstrates an appropriate response to the increasing diversity in society through its policies, its educational and co-curricular programs, its hiring and admissions criteria, and its administrative and organizational practices.

-International-Multicultural (I-MERIT) Initiative

-Commitments to Inclusion and Diversity 2020

-Examples of Engagement with diversity and international and community needs: CSPP CSOE CSML

Integrity and Transparency

Criteria for Review (CFR)

1.5 Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, or religious organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose and operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

-Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors

1.6 The institution truthfully represents its academic goals, programs, services, and costs to students and to the larger public. The institution demonstrates that its academic programs can be completed in a timely fashion. The institution treats students fairly and equitably through established policies and procedures addressing student conduct, grievances, human subjects in research, disability, and financial matters, including refunds and financial aid.

-Policies and program information published in the catalog

-Student Rights and Responsiblities published in the catalog

-Consumer Information

1.7 The institution exhibits integrity and transparency in its operations, as demonstrated by the adoption and implementation of appropriate policies and procedures, sound business practices, timely and fair responses to complaints and grievances, and regular evaluation of its performance in these areas. The institution’s finances are regularly audited by qualified independent auditors.

-Finance and financial aid audits are completed annually

-Policies are developed and shared on SharePoint, in the catalog, and email notification

-Grievance and complaint policies are publicly available

1.8 The institution is committed to honest and open communication with the Accrediting Commission; to undertaking the accreditation review process with seriousness and candor; to informing the Commission promptly of any matter that could materially affect the accreditation status of the institution; and to abiding by Commission policies and procedures, including all substantive change policies.

-Alliant consults with WSCUC about location discontinuations and other institutional changes

-Proposed new programs or program modalities are submitted to WSCUC for screening and submitted for substantive changes as required

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

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