March 27, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 13

WASC Accreditation Team to Hold Campus Forums

Students, Faculty and Staff Will Have Opportunity to Discuss CSUN Self-Study

Cal State Northridge faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in one of five open forums in early April to offer their input as the university undergoes the final step of its re-accreditation process.

Members of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' (WASC) evaluation team will be on campus during the first week of April to talk to the campus community and determine if the self-study CSUN has prepared during the past two years is a true reflection of the campus.

The self-study is an assessment of how well faculty, staff and students believe the university is doing its job.

"The evaluation team represents a wide range of experience in higher education. Their visit will give us an opportunity to have external experts give their opinion of how far we've come, and offer some guidance with our future planning," said Margaret Fieweger, associate vice president for undergraduate studies and CSUN's liaison to the WASC process.

Five forums are scheduled in early April so members of the WASC team can talk to the campus community:

More than 60 people from throughout the campus have been meeting regularly for more than two years collecting data for the university's self-study.

For the first time, the review is examining how the university fares on three self-selected themes-student achievement, assessment and the utilization of technology-rather than the nine standards WASC has traditionally used to measure institutions during accreditation.

The change was at WASC's request, and thus far, team members have indicated they have been impressed with the university's self-study.

A copy of the final draft of the CSUN self-study is available for review on the Internet at Copies also are available in the Oviatt Library, the president's office and in each department chair's office.

"The self-study is a snapshot of where the university has been and laying the groundwork for the future," Fieweger said. "We encourage faculty, staff and students to join in the conversation about our future with the WASC team."

WASC, one of six regional accrediting associations in the country, evaluates schools, colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Pacific Island territories. CSUN was first accredited in 1960 and was re-accredited in 1980 and again in 1990.

March 27, 2000

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