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Washington Adventist University’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

Story by Grace Virtue
Published 8/1/2012

The evaluation of Washington Adventist University (WAU) by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which culminated with a site visit, March 25-28, ended with a final report affirming that the university has met the standards for all of the criteria that it was evaluated against.

With the accreditation reaffirmed for another 10 years, WAU’s next self-study evaluation  will be from 2021 to 2022. A periodic review is due 2017.
“I feel the outcomes are reflective of a board, faculty and staff that are committed to the task of engaging minds and transforming the lives of our students,” said Weymouth Spence, EdD, WAU President. “Congratulations to the entire university community, and my deep appreciation to all who contributed to such an outstanding outcome.”  

The commission commended the university on several accomplishments, including overall improvement in its financial condition; systemizing the planning, improvement and assessment process  that allows for continuous monitoring and adjustments;  making faculty development a priority through participation in conferences and membership in professional organizations;  initiating a bridge program for underprepared applicants into the institution and the creation of an honors  program for highly prepared students; and  instituting cyclical program reviews and the use of common general education rubrics.

Of the 14  standards of evaluation, the first seven  addressed the institutional context as follows: 1) mission and goals—the extent to which these are clearly identified and indicative of whom the institution serves; 2) planning, resource allocation and institutional renewal; 3) institutional resources, including human, financial, technical, physical facilities and other resources necessary to achieve an institution’s mission and goals; 4) leadership and governance; 5) administration; 6) integrity; and 7) institutional  assessment. The last seven standards addressed educational effectiveness from the perspective of  student admissions and retention, student support services, quality of faculty, educational offerings, general education, related educational activities and assessment of student learning.

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