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APU WASC Process

The accreditation review process consists of three stages: the Institutional Proposal, the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR), and the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). This three-stage process applies to all institutions, regardless of where they are in the accreditation process. In the case of institutions being considered for candidacy or initial accreditation, and for institutions with a recent history of sanctions, the primary focus of the review is on institutional compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. Other institutions may choose to focus on selected themes and address the Standards in the context of those themes.

As described below, the Institutional Proposal* is intended to define and organize how the institution will address Commission Standards through self-review. It focuses on several major issues that will improve institutional performance, especially with respect to educational effectiveness. The CPR and EER are intentionally designed to be aligned and sequential, to enable the institution to engage in a staged, developmental process that leads beyond minimum compliance to significant improvement of both institutional capacity and educational effectiveness. The maximum time period between Capacity and Preparatory Reviews is ten years, though the Commission often places institutions on shorter cycles of review.

From: WASC (2008). The Institutional Review Process.

*The downloadable version of this document is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). To learn more about PDFs or to install Adobe Acrobat Reader, follow this link.