• Accreditation Leadership Academy (ALA)

    Outline of Curriculum


  1. Develop and integrate leadership and collaborative skills into personal and professional practice.
  2. Define and be able to explain current topics in higher education in relation to leadership and accreditation.
  3. Improve skills in research, inquiry, writing and critical thinking.
  4. Conduct an inquiry into a specific problem facing the participant’s institution.
  5. Serve as a member of WSCUC’s Educational Programs community and contribute to ongoing work and scholarship surrounding accreditation in higher education.


The ALA will employ a Learning Management System to serve as the hub of activity between in-person meetings. It will:

  • Support collaboration (ability to share documents, folders, videos, and resources).
  • Manage training materials.
  • Support webinar/zoom recordings.
  • Allow for teamwork and file sharing.
  • Allow for feedback from teachers/faculty/mentors on projects.


ALA staff consists of WSCUC staff, ALA Scholars, and ALA Mentor Faculty. Senior Scholars are typically experienced and nationally recognized higher education professionals who give keynote presentations or facilitate workshops at in-person meetings. Mentor Faculty are drawn from the community of WSCUC Fellows and ALA and Community of Practice alumni, and will mentor ALA participants on their individual projects.

Process and Assignments

Group Project: Current Topics in Higher Education

Participants will work with their cohort peers to inquire into selected themes in Higher Education.


Participation and contributions will result in:

  •  A collection of online materials containing resources related to the cohort’s exploration into current themes in higher education.
  •  A project deliverable or set of educational materials and references suitable for presentation by ALA participants.

Individual Project: The ALA Project

Participants will complete a comprehensive inquiry into a specific problem at their institution resulting in a research paper. They will:

  • Identify and situate the problem within accreditation and higher education.
  • Suggest and, to the extent possible, test their application through an action research lens.


  • A final paper, suitable for implementation at the participant’s institution and/or for use as educational and presentation content. Preliminary findings will be shared and presented to the cohort at the final meeting of the program.

Sample In-Person Meeting Schedule

Day 1

Orientation and explanation of the ALA
Introduction to WSCUC and Accreditation

Topics in Leadership
Individual project and group project work

Dinner and networking

Day 2

Topics in Higher Education
Conversation and Contextualization

Topics in Higher Education
Conversation and Contextualization

Dinner and networking

Day 3

Individual project and group project work

Leadership skills and topics in Higher Education