1: Introduction to the Institutional Report: Institutional Context; Response to Previous Commission Actions

(CFR 1.1, 1.8)

This component offers a succinct history of the institution and an overview of the institution’s capacity, infrastructure, and operations. Activities such as distance education, hybrid courses, and off-campus instructional locations are integrated into this discussion. Special attention is given to significant changes since the last accreditation review, e.g., in mission, student demographics, structure, instructional modalities, finances, and other institution-level matters. This is also the place to provide a description of institutional values, the qualities of the educational experience that make graduates of this institution unique, how the institution is addressing diversity,  and how it is contributing to the public good. If a theme(s) is included, it is introduced here with an explanation of how it was selected and where in the report the theme appears.

As part of this component, the institution also reviews the most recent team report and action letter and responds to Commission recommendations. As relevant, substantive change reviews, annual and interim reports, and trends or patterns of complaints against the institution, if any, may be discussed. This overview of its accreditation history, operations, strengths, and challenges can help the institution identify issues and anticipate questions that evaluation team members may pose as the institutional review proceeds.

Prompts: The following prompts may be helpful in getting started, but the institution is not required to follow these prompts or respond to them directly.  

  • What does the institution perceive as its strengths and challenges based, for example, on internal planning and evaluation?
  • How has the institution responded to earlier WSCUC recommendations?
  • How does the institution demonstrate its contribution to the public good?
  • What are the institution’s current priorities and plans?
  • How did the institution prepare for this review? Who was involved? What was the process? How did this work connect with existing priorities and projects?
  • What theme(s), if any, will be discussed and where in the report do they appear?
  • Has the institution provided any additional guidance that will help readers follow the organization of the report?