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 - President's Division

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 the President’s Division is vital to this process.

Evaluators will likely be particularly interested in your perspectives on CWU’s 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 staff, students, faculty, and administrators. Below you will find a series of questions we expect the NWCCU evaluators to ask about the President’s Division and your specific unit within the division.

  1. What are the primary, most important, changes you have implemented to improve 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?
  2. What are some examples of the division’s and your unit’s strategic planning and implementation?
  3. What is the primary mission of the institution? Who are the students CWU serves?
  4. How does the division and your 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?
  6. How does the division and your 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 are the division and your unit fulfilling the CWU mission and core themes?
    • Where and in what ways is your division/unit exceeding the expectations you have set?
    • Where and in what ways is your division/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 unit had to adapt to changing circumstances – in terms of both external and internal factors?
    • How well have the institution and your division/unit adapted to change?
    • Thinking about the future, how well-equipped are the institution and your division/unit to adapt to change?
  10. What are the primary challenges the institution, the division, and your 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 and your division/unit currently face?
    • What challenges are on the horizon?
    • How do you see the institution and your division/unit addressing and overcoming those challenges?
  11. The evaluators are very likely to ask questions about CWU’s Strategic Plan. They will want to know if planning at CWU is: ongoing, comprehensive, broad-based in terms of participation, informed by assessment data, actually implemented, and subsequently re-assessed. They will also want to know the extent to which planning guides resource allocation.
  12. The evaluators will also likely ask questions about Standard Two: Resources and Capacity that fall under the President’s Office. Specifically, they will ask whether CWU has the following and when these items were last reviewed/updated.
Institutional governance policies & procedures
System governance policies/procedures (if applicable)
Multiple board governing policies/procedures (if applicable)
By-laws of the governing board
Board’s calendar for reviewing institutional and board policies/procedures
By-laws of the governing board related to selection and evaluation of a chief executive officer and the delegation of authority to the CEO
Board evaluation tool and review calendar
Leadership organizational chart
Curriculum vitae of President/CEO