The campus community is invited to two upcoming WASC events: a welcome reception on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Kellogg House Pomona, and an open forum on Thursday, Oct. 21, at noon in the University Library, room 1807.
The WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) team visit will be on campus from Oct. 19-22 to evaluate Cal Poly Pomona’s educational mission, objectives and system of assessment to ensure the university effectively provides a quality education.
“This is called the educational effectiveness review,” says Claudia Pinter-Lucke, associate vice president for academic programs. “WASC visited two years ago to evaluate whether the university had the resources, administrative structures and commitment in place to fulfill the goals and plans that we had put in a proposal. They are coming back to evaluate our progress on those goals and plans.”
Specifically, the WASC team is looking at Cal Poly Pomona is growing as an institution, whether it integrates teaching and research and whether students receive the tools needed in order to be successful. The team will also gauge how well the general campus – faculty, staff and students – understands Cal Poly Pomona’s mission, vision and core values.
“We don’t expect the faculty, staff and students to agree with everything the campus WASC committee has put in the report,” Pinter-Lucke says. “We do want them to know what we said in the report, and I encourage everyone to read it.”
Several campus committees have worked for months to produce a 50-page report (6 MB PDF file) that will be presented at the Educational Effectiveness Review. The report follows three themes – institutional excellence, teacher-scholar, and student success – that demonstrate the university’s learning-centered culture. People are also encouraged to review points on the WASC website that summarize the topics and themes the WASC team will be investigating.