WSCUC Hosts 9th Annual Academic Resource Conference

April 18, 2017


WSCUC Hosts 9th Annual Academic Resource Conference


ALAMEDA, CA – This week, WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) will host its 9th annual Academic Resource Conference (ARC), which brings together institutional leaders and stakeholders from across the region to discuss issues and opportunities in higher education. The conference begins on Tuesday, April 18, and will conclude on April 21. 

This year’s ARC theme is “Mission Possible: Honoring the Past, Ensuring the Future”. The conference will explore how mission guides institutions and discuss ways to stay true to identity and history while adapting to changing political environments, workforce demands, and student demographics.

Mary Ellen Petrisko, president of WSCUC, said, “The annual Academic Resource Conference presents a valuable opportunity for our community to collaborate, share best practices, and explore meaningful solutions to challenges facing postsecondary institutions and, most importantly, current and future students. The conference will touch on a wide array of timely issues, from strengthening assessments and raising student outcomes to improving adult education, helping prepare students for real-world careers, and addressing concerns about diversity and inclusion.

“We are particularly excited this year to welcome Bill Strickland and Diana Chapman Walsh as plenary speakers, and look forward to their insights into ways institutions can adhere to mission-driven values while also remaining nimble and responsive to changing societal needs and student demands.”

Features of the 2017 ARC include:

  • Opening plenary Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation 
  • Closing plenary Diana Chapman Walsh, former president of Wellesley College
  • Sessions on national higher education issues, including policies to help close the achievement gap, strengthen institutional efficiency measures, assess faculty and institutional progress, and improve accountability and student outcomes.
  • A series of “institutional showcases,” field trips and discussions to examine best practices at institutions that are making great progress in raising student success, promoting diversity, and encouraging community engagement. Featured institutions include Pepperdine, St. Mary’s College, San Diego State University and Chapman University, among others. 
  • Expert-led discussions on addressing critical issues affecting students, including sexual assault, bias and discrimination, and social justice.
  • Meetings to raise awareness of the services and resources available to institutions through WSCUC, along with educational sessions on the accreditation and institutional review process. 

Updates on ARC activities and discussions will be posted on social media and the ARC website, located at  Conference participants will be communicating about the conference on Twitter with #2017ARC and using WSCUC’s Twitter handle @wascsenior

To learn more about ARC, visit To learn more about WSCUC, visit



The WASC Senior College and University Commission is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific, as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

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