Building a Culture of Quality: A Retreat for Institutional Leaders

Event Date: 
Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

January 17, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kellogg West Conference Center
Pomona, CA

Click here for a draft of the program schedule.

At their heart, WSCUC accreditation standards are simply a definition of a quality institution of higher education in the 21st century, and the purpose of accreditation is to move your institution to an even greater level of excellence. In this retreat, we will move away from focusing on individual accreditation standards to focus on this big picture:

  • What is a quality institution of higher education in the 21st century?
  • What steps can you take to move it to greater levels of excellence…and thereby strengthen your compliance with WSCUC accreditation standards?

The retreat will focus on strategies to develop cultures of evidence (assessment) and improvement, but it will also address building vital cultures of relevance, community, and focus and aspiration. Under the guidance of the retreat facilitator, institutional teams will appraise their institutional culture along each of these dimensions and brainstorm strategies to build a culture of excellence.

Intended Audience

If any of the following are true for you, this retreat can help:

  • We’re trying to change things, but it’s hard to get everyone on board.
  • Our institution seems mired in the 20th century.
  • Our institution has pockets of excellence but pockets of mediocrity as well.
  • We know we need to change things, but we’re not sure where or how to start.
  • Complying with WSCUC standards is a perpetual struggle for us.
  • We’re never completely sure if we’re doing what WSCUC wants us to do.

This retreat is open only to institutional teams that include the president or provost, a faculty governance leader, and at least one other individual empowered to lead and facilitate change at the institution.


Linda Suskie, consultant, writer, speaker, and educator on assessment and accreditation and a former vice president at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Lodging:  Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations. Kellogg West Conference Center and Lodge, located on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, is offering WSCUC workshop participants a discounted room rate of $100.00 Single $105.00 Double/night plus occupancy tax. To reserve rooms, contact the conference center at 909-869-2222. Mention "WASC Senior College and University Commission to secure our group discount rate. The deadline for booking rooms in the WSCUC room block is January 8, 2017 or while rooms are available.

Registration: Registration fee includes lunch. Beverages and snacks will be available during breaks. Attendees will be on their own for all other meals.

Registration fees:  $290/per team member. After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $350 /per team member.

Discount for Combined Registration: The Changing Faculty: Exploring and Creating New Faculty Models for Student Success & Institutional Effectiveness will be offered on January 18 at Kellogg West Conference Center. The special rate for a combined registration for The Changing Faculty and the Retreat on Building a Culture of Quality is $500 until 1/6/2017. After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $560 /per team member.

Registration deadline:  January 6, 2017


This educational program has been developed by national and regional experts and is offered as a service to WSCUC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional, and our hope is that member institutions will find it helpful. WSCUC staff will be present to answer questions related specifically to accreditation expectations.