April 4, 2008
|To:||The Campus Community|
|Re:||WASC Accreditation Steering Committee|
We are embarking on the next accreditation review of UC Santa Barbara by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The first step is to establish a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will help the campus submit a proposal to WASC (15 pages plus appendices) which sets out UCSB's plan for a two-stage review, with two site visits in 2011 and 2013. The proposal, to be submitted by calendar year’s end, is prepared by the Steering Committee following consultation with the campus. We have consulted the Senate and the campus about membership of the Committee. Ronald Tobin, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Academic Programs, and Bruce Tiffney, Dean of the College of Creative Studies, have graciously agreed to co-chair the Steering Committee. The membership is listed below.
Expectations for the proposal are that: 1) the proposal will represent a preliminary self-review in relation to the WASC Standards of Accreditation; 2) a broadly participatory process will identify key issues to explore during the accreditation process; 3) these issues will be tied to student learning and "organizational learning;" and 4) the institution will be committed to addressing the issues and will demonstrate an effective work plan to do so.
I want to thank the Steering Committee members for the time and effort they have committed to this process, and to invite you to provide your support and advice in their efforts.
Executive Vice Chancellor
WASC Steering Committee Membership
Ronald Tobin, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Academic Programs (co-chair)
Bruce Tiffney, Dean, College of Creative Studies (co-chair)
Patricia Cline Cohen, Professor, History
Hua Lee, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ingrid Banks, Associate Professor, Black Studies
Omer Blaes, Professor, Physics
Denise Segura, Professor, Sociology
Gale Morrison, Dean, Graduate Division
Mary Jacob, Director, Office of International Students and Scholars
Margie Weeks, Director Academic Program Review
Toby Lazarowitz, Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor
GSA representative (TBD)
AS representative (TBD)