The Learning Institution: Aligning and Integrating Practices to Support Quality

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm


Friday, October 19, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Kellogg West Conference Center
Pomona, CA

Click here for a draft of the program schedule.

Institutions of higher education have a long tradition of creating, internalizing, and sharing knowledge, but these processes are less frequently turned inward for reflection on what is done and how it is done in an integrated, holistic way. A learning institution is one that works to understand itself, and uses what it learns to improve. In this workshop facilitators will go into depth on what it means for an institution of higher education to be a learning institution, describe essential practices of a learning institution, and provide strategies for how to develop and strengthen a culture of learning, evidence, and improvement. Facilitators will also demonstrate how the processes and activities in which a learning institution is engaged are connected to the accreditation process.

Workshop Outcomes
Through completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore the meaning of a higher education learning institution
  • Examine the role of key practices of higher education learning institutions, including:
    • Faculty engagement
    • Assessment of student learning
    • Co-curricular learning and assessment
    • Strategic planning
    • Resource allocation
  • Connect elements of a higher education learning institution to the accreditation process

Intended Audience
This workshop is for faculty and staff campus leaders, especially those with responsibilities for assessment, program review, strategic planning, budget planning, and accreditation.

Workshop Facilitators: 

Errin Heyman, Project Manager, Advancing Learning Outcomes Visibility Initiative, WASC Senior College and University Commission

Kevin Grant, Director of Student Affairs Assessment & Research, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Laura Massa, Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Accreditation Liaison Officer, Cal Poly Pomona

Carole L. Huston, Special Assistant, Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives, University of San Diego

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 $105.00 Single $110.00 Double/night plus occupancy tax. To reserve rooms, contact the conference center at 909-869-2222. Mention "WSCUC - WASC Senior College and University Commission" to secure our group discount rate. The deadline for booking rooms in the WSCUC room block is October 1, 2018 or while rooms are available.

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

Registration fees: $325/per team member until 10/4/18.  After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $375/per team member.

Discount for Combined Registration: Putting Data Analytics to Work: Insight, Change, and Student Success will be offered on October 18, 2018 at Kellogg West. The special rate for a combined registration for Putting Analytics to Work and The Learning Organization is $550 until 10/4/2018. After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $650 /per team member.




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.