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2010 Accreditation Process


The Chancellor is ultimately responsible for UCR's reaccreditation process. In 2004 Chancellor France Córdova delegated that responsibility to Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost Ellen Wartella, who appointed a Steering Committee and Subcommittees to guide the process. Later, Chancellor Timothy P. White and Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost Dallas Rabenstein kept the same steering committee and subcommittee structure.  The UCR Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) is the official representative of the campus to WASC and the person through whom communication between WASC and UCR takes place. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education serves as the campus ALO .

Most of the documents referenced here are available in the 2010 Proposal for Accreditation, 2010 Preparatory Review Report, 2010 Educational Effectiveness or 2010 WASC Team Visit Reports pages.

Note that the outcome of this visit was communicated to Chancellor White in March of 2010, and that letter is available here.

Appointment of UCR WASC Steering Committee:

In November 2004 Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost Ellen Wartella appointed a WASC Steering Committee,  co-chaired by Professor Eugene Nothnagel and Vice Provost Yolanda Moses, to plan and oversee cycle of WASC reaccreditation.

  • WASC Steering Committee Members (2009-2010)
    • Eugene Nothnagel, Faculty Co-Chair, Professor of Plant Physiology
    • Yolanda Moses, Administrative Co-Chair, Vice Provost for Conflict Resolution and
    • Associate Vice Chancellor for Excellence and Diversity
    • Gary Coyne, Graduate Student Association (GSA) President
    • Stephen Cullenberg, Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
    • Bob Daly, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Budget
    • Sharon Duffy, Faculty Representative, Professor of Education
    • David Fairris, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
    • John Gary, Faculty Representative, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
    • Robert Gill, Special Consultant
    • Tom Lutz, Faculty Representative, Professor of Creative Writing
    • Jessica Maldonado, ASUCR President
    • Thomas Payne, Faculty Co-Chair of Educational Effectiveness Subcommittee, Associate Professor of Computer Science
    • Veronica Ruiz, Staff Assembly President, AVC -- Enrollment Department
    • James Sandoval, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

    Faculty representatives were suggested by the Academic Senate Committee on Committees, undergraduate and graduate student representatives were suggested by the ASUCR and GSA, and the staff representative was suggested by the Staff Assembly.

Subcommittees of UCR WASC Steering Committee

Two subcommittees were established in February 2005: (a) Institutional Capacity and  (b) Educational Effectiveness.

  • Institutional Capacity Subcommittee Purpose
    • Develop evidence to demonstrate compliance with the four WASC standards
      • Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives
      •  Achieving Educational Objectives through Core Functions
      • Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Sustainability
      • Creating an Organization Committed to Learning and Improvement
    • Assure that UCR has effective data gathering and analysis systems
    • Prepare the Preparatory Review Report
      •  Reflective and Concluding Essays corresponding to the WASC Standards
      • Institutional Portfolio of descriptive data, policies, exhibits, and data displays
      • Appendix with Institutional Response to previous team recommendations
      • Posted for General Campus Comment on November 14, 2007
      • General Campus Comments were due by December 5, 2007
      •  Submitted to WASC on December 20, 2007
      •  Was followed by a WASC site visit March 12-14, 2008
  • Educational Effectiveness Subcommittee Purpose
    • In depth study of three special themes:
      • Learning within a Campus Culture of Diversity
      • Growing and Improving Graduate and Professional Programs
      • Improving Undergraduate Student Engagement, Experience, and Learning Outcomes
    • Thorough assessment of UCR compliance with four WASC Standards
      • Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives
      • Achieving Educational Objectives through Core Functions
      • Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Sustainability
      • Creating an Organization Committed to Learning and Improvement
    • Preparing the Educational Effectiveness Report
      • Description of the Educational Effectiveness Approach
      • Deep engagement and analysis of Educational Effectiveness, including analytical essays regarding the special themes
      • Supportive evidence for the analysis of Educational Effectiveness, building on the institutional portfolio prepared for the Preparatory Review
      • An integrative component
      • Maximum of 50 pages, exclusive of exhibits
      • Was submitted July 7, 2009
      • Was followed by WASC site visit October 27-29, 2009