In keeping with the Academic Vision 2016, Azusa Pacific University works diligently to keep its WASC accreditation up to date. With the Institutional Proposal complete, APU now moves to the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR), scheduled for March 9–11, 2011. In each phase of the WASC process, the university focuses on God-honoring diversity, faith integration, transformational scholarship, and intentional internationalization as the framework for preparation, review, and evaluation. This approach remains critical since each of the four themes emphasizes vital aspects of APU, from community and academics to infrastructure and vision casting.
Working with the Diversity Council, Kneeland Brown, Ed.D., chair of the God-honoring diversity theme, sees the valuable impact that diversity can have on APU’s students. “God-honoring diversity aids us in being prepared to advance God’s Kingdom more broadly as disciples and scholars, and expands the work of God in the world through the alumni we produce,” he said. Implementing this concept goes hand-in-hand with faith integration, a hallmark of APU that permeates every aspect of the university.
Following the March 2011 visit, APU turns to preparation for the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER) which takes place October 10–12, 2012. “As APU moves ahead with CPR and EER, the WASC Steering Committee will continue to involve the President’s Council and faculty in every phase of the review. The committee remains responsible for shepherding the groups working on goals associated with the four themes,” explained Vicky Bowden, DNSc, RN, professor of nursing and accreditation liaison officer.
“Regional accreditation is a hallmark of the high quality of our academic programs, the caliber of our faculty, and the sufficiency of university resources to ensure a sound education for our students,” said Mark Stanton, Ph.D., ABPP, acting provost. “As an academic community, APU strives for excellence by ensuring that we meet and exceed the national standards for universities and the professions in which students will serve. WASC accreditation allows us to engage in continuous review and improvement to provide our students with a transformative, relevant education. It is consistent with our mission to prepare disciples and scholars to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence.”