The Institutional Report

Overview: The institutional report is based on the findings of the institution’s self-study and, with the exception of an institution-specific theme,  must include the components described below. However, the institution may structure its report in the way it finds best suited to tell its story, reordering and perhaps combining these components as needed. A suggested order for the components follows:


The required and optional components of the institutional report are described below. Numbering is provided for ease of reference; it does not indicate relative value or a required order of presentation. In general, each component should include a discussion of the topic within the context of the institution; analyses undertaken; a self-assessment and reflection; areas of strength or significant progress and areas of challenge; and next steps, as appropriate. When plans are described, targets, metrics, and timelines should be included, as appropriate. 

Length of the Report and Citation of Standards: The institutional report narrative is typically 12,000 to 18,000 words (approximately 50-75 pages, double-spaced ; see the Style Guide for Writing WSCUC Reports) in length. In the body of the report, it is helpful to hyperlink to relevant documents in the exhibits in order to support each assertion and to provide easy navigation for evaluators.

References to the Standards of Accreditation and citations of specific CFRs are included, as appropriate, in the body of the report. It is not necessary to cite all the CFRs because these will have been addressed in the Review under the WSCUC Standards. Instead, the institutional report can cite only those CFRs of direct relevance to the topic under discussion (i.e., meaning of degrees, student learning and achievement, student success, quality assurance, planning for the future, and possibly an additional theme). Institutions may cite others, as relevant to their narratives. 

When the institutional report is submitted, it should include a letter, signed by the president/chancellor, affirming the accuracy of the information presented and the institution’s intention to comply fully with WSCUC Standards and policies.