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 - Faculty Senators

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. Faculty Senators have a key role in 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. They will also be extremely interested in examples of Faculty Senate planning, implementation, effectiveness, and improvement.

Below you will find a series of questions we expect the NWCCU evaluators to ask. In all likelihood, the most important questions will be:

What are the primary, most important, changes CWU has implemented during your time in the Faculty Senate?

  • What data/information did CWU use to determine these specific changes were necessary?
  • What information did CWU 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?

Other (Also Important) Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer:

  1. 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?
  2. How does the Faculty Senate support the institution’s mission? How do Faculty Senate strategic goals and initiatives promote the institution’s mission?

  3. What are the institution’s five 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?
  4. How does the Faculty Senate support the institution’s core themes? How do Faculty Senate strategic goals and initiatives promote the institution’s core themes?

  5. 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?
  6. Since the last NWCCU site visit, in what ways have the institution and the Faculty Senate had to adapt to changing circumstances – in terms of both external and internal factors?
    • How well have the institution and the Faculty Senate adapted to change?
    • Thinking about the future, how well-equipped are the institution and the Faculty Senate to adapt to change?
  7. What are the primary challenges the institution and the Faculty Senate 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 and the Faculty Senate currently face?
    • What challenges are on the horizon?
    • How do you see the institution and the Faculty Senate addressing and overcoming those challenges?
  8. Given the time, energy, and effort devoted to General Education, you are also likely to be asked the following:
    • Would you please describe the process by which CWU created a new GE program during AY2016-17 and AY2017-18?
    • How would you describe the current GE at CWU and the new GE to be implemented in Fall 2019?
    • What do you see as the benefits of the new GE?
    • Do you see any drawbacks to the new program? Can those drawbacks be mitigated? If so, how?
    • In what ways will the Faculty Senate continue to be involved in the implementation and assessment of the new GE?