Accreditation

The mission of Central Washington University is to prepare students for enlightened, responsible, and productive lives; to produce research, scholarship, and creative expression in the public interest; and to serve as a resource to the region and the state through effective stewardship of university resources.

NWCCU Reaffirmation of Accreditation - Academic and Student Life

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A Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) peer review committee is coming to Ellensburg October 22-24, 2018 to evaluate the extent of CWU’s mission fulfillment across five core themes based on the NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation. The participation of Academic and Student Life is vital to this process.

Any NWCCU Eligibility Requirement or Accreditation Standard is fair game for a question from an evaluator. Evaluators will likely be particularly interested in your perspectives on CWU’s student profile, mission, core themes, challenges and adaptability, sustainability (both financially and in terms of the quality and competitiveness of academic offerings and student services), and interactions between/among faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Below you will find a series of questions we expect the NWCCU evaluators to ask.

  1. What are the primary, most important, changes you have implemented to improve your college or your unit?
    • What data or information did you use to determine these specific changes were necessary?
    • What data or information did you (or will you) use to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of these changes?
    • To date, how effective have these changes been? What is working well – and what is not?
    • How did these changes support the CWU mission and core themes?
    • How did these changes support the ASL division work plans?
  2. What are some examples of the division’s and your college's or unit's strategic planning and implementation?
  3. What is the primary mission of the institution? Who are the students CWU serves?
    • Has that mission – or the student profile – changed since the last NWCCU comprehensive site visit (fall 2009) or since the NWCCU Mid-Cycle Evaluation visit (fall 2014)?
    • Thinking about the institution’s future, is the mission likely to remain the same – or change?
    • Will the student profile change – or remain the same?
    • If the mission and/or student profile is likely to change, how and why do you see them changing?
  4. How does the division and your college or unit support the institution’s mission? How do your strategic goals and initiatives promote the institution’s mission?
  5. What are the institution’s core themes?
    • How do those core themes relate to the institution’s mission?
    • Have those core themes changed since the last NWCCU site visit (fall 2009) or since the NWCCU Mid-Cycle Evaluation visit (Fall 2014)?
    • Thinking about the institution’s future, are those core themes likely to remain the same – or change?
    • If they are likely to change, how and why do you see them changing?
  6. How does the division and your college or unit support the institution’s core themes? How do your strategic goals and initiatives promote the institution’s core themes?
  7. To what extent is the institution fulfilling its mission and core themes?
    • Where and in what ways is the institution meeting or exceeding the expectations it set for itself?
    • Where and in what ways is the institution falling short?
    • How is the institution addressing those shortcomings?
  8. To what extent is the division and your college or unit fulfilling its mission and core themes?
    • Where and in what ways is the division and your college or unit exceeding the expectations you have set?
    • Where and in what ways is the division and your college or unit falling short?
    • What are you doing to address those shortcomings?
  9. Since the last NWCCU site visit, in what ways have the institution, the division, and your college or unit had to adapt to changing circumstances – in terms of both external and internal factors?
    • • How well have the institution, the division, and your college or unit adapted to change?
    • Thinking about the future, how well-equipped are the institution, the division, and your college or unit to adapt to change?
  10. What are the primary challenges the institution, the division, and your college or unit have had to overcome since the last NWCCU site visit (Fall 2009) or since the NWCCU Mid-Cycle Evaluation visit (Fall 2014)?
    • What are the primary challenges the institution, the division, and your college or unit currently face?
    • What challenges are on the horizon?
    • How do you see the institution, the division, and your college or unit addressing and overcoming those challenges?
  11. Other possible question topics about your college/unit include, but are not limited to, the following
    • CWU Strategic Plan – objectives, outcomes, and indicators
    • College/unit mission, vision, strategic initiatives – and evaluation of progress
    • General Education Program – offerings and assessment
    • Specialized accreditation
    • Unit-level assessment – both in terms of quality assurance and continuous improvement (evaluators will want to hear about specific examples)
    • Questions about specific Eligibility Requirements and/or Accreditation Standards