October 1, 2009

WASC Visit Team Comes to Campus, Oct. 7-9

The Educational Effectiveness Review is the final phase of the reaccreditation process conducted by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC).

In preparation for the review, the Sonoma State University Educational Effectiveness Review Report, titled Educating the Whole Student: Sustaining SSU's Mission in a Time of Change, was submitted to WASC in June.

As required by WASC accreditation standards, a visit team will be on campus Oct. 7-9 to focus on themes in the report that address student learning, notably, the distinctive qualities of a Sonoma State University education, and the curriculum and the roles of general education and the major.

Its purpose is to ascertain the extent to which Sonoma State University fulfills its core commitment to educational effectiveness.

The itinerary for the WASC Educational Effectiveness Review team visit is now posted at http://www.sonoma.edu/aa/portfolio/.

There are a number of opportunities for the campus community to meet with the WASC team. A welcome reception and poster session, open to all, will be held in the Commons on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Posters will feature programs and initiatives that illustrate SSU's commitment to Educating the Whole Student. Please join us for this welcome event.

There are also three open meetings:

1. All faculty open meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., Schulz 3001
2. All students open meeting, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Schulz 3001
3. All staff open meeting, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Sue Jameson Room (Stevenson 1056)

To see the full report, go to the "WASC Accreditation" web page referenced above or borrow a print copy on reserve in the University Library (inquire at the Circulation Desk).

Questions may be directed to Accreditation Liaison Officer Barbara Butler at barbara.butler@sonoma.edu.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057