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Washington Adventist University’s Accreditation Reaffirmed
Story by Grace Virtue
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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