Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) Resources

Below are links to resources that will assist those engaged in TPR reviews. For more information about these resources and the TPR process, please consult your staff liaison.

TPR Webinar Recording
This webinar provides an introduction to the Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation review process. Recorded on May 19, 2020.

Note: a participant in the webinar asked whether reports could be longer than 45 pages. The TPR Guide states that institutional reports can be 40 – 60 double-spaced pages.  There is leeway to exceed the page limits, but it is not infinite.  WSCUC encourages 45 pages for the institutional report, but institutions can submit more pages if needed. 

TPR Powerpoint
View the slide presentation from the TPR Webinar recording.

TPR Guide
The TPR Guide includes the following: 

  • Overview
  • TPR Review Process
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Guidelines for Submission of Themes
  • TPR Institutional Report
  • Interactions with the Evaluation Team, WSCUC Staff, and Commission

Compliance with WSCUC Standards and Federal Requirements Worksheet and Forms
This worksheet is filled out by institutions to demonstrate compliance with the WSCUC Standards and United States Department of Education (USDE) requirements for accreditation. Evaluation teams verify this information as part of the TPR process.

Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators (IEEI)
The IEEI provides a comprehensive overview of the institution’s assessment processes that teams, the Commission, and the institution itself may use to evaluate educational effectiveness.

Visit Timeline
A detailed timeline of activities and due dates for documents for team members and institution staff.

TPR Evaluator Guide (forthcoming)
This guide is used by evaluation teams to assist them in their reviews of TPR institutions.

TPR Sample Themes
These themes were provided by those in the initial cohort of TPR institutions. They should be viewed as examples and not necessarily exemplars.

TPR Institutional Training PowerPoint Template

This PowerPoint Template is used by WSCUC staff liaisons when they visit an institution to conduct a workshop 18 months to two years before a TPR review. The presentation helps institutions orient themselves to expectations for the self-study, institutional report, Accreditation Visit, and Commission decision.

TPR Team Worksheet

This worksheet is for use by accreditation teams to assist in reviewing the institution’s report and identifying key issues for the visit.

TPR Visit Chair Communication to Team

This template is for use by the visit chair in the initial communication to team members.

TPR Conference Call Agenda

This provides a sample agenda for the first visiting team conference call.

TPR Team Report Directions and Template

These directions and template are for use by the visiting team when preparing the team report.

Accreditation Visit (AV) and Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) Confidential Team Recommendation

This form is used by teams to convey its recommendation to the Commission.

Accreditation Visit (AV), Seeking Accreditation Visit (SAV), and Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) Schedule - Sample

This spreadsheet provides a sample schedule of meetings for visits.